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Immucor CEO's Italian Trial Moves Toward Second Phase
Date:4/17/2008

NORCROSS, Ga., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Immucor, Inc., (Nasdaq: BLUD), a global leader in providing automated instrument-reagent systems to the blood transfusion industry, announced today the first level of the Italian court case against CEO Gioacchino "Nino" De Chirico has concluded and will now move to the second level.

The tribunal in Milan rendered a guilty verdict in the first-level trial based on an alleged improper cash payment of euro 13,500 by Immucor's Italian subsidiary to a physician. The Italian criminal court system is much different from the U.S. system, and consists of three different levels. At the first and second levels both sides can present evidence and legal arguments; at the third level only legal arguments are considered. Under Italian law, Dr. De Chirico will be considered innocent until all three levels have been completed, which could take years.

The case centers on the activities of a well-known Italian physician and hospital administrator, and has focused on alleged improper cash payments by several companies, including the euro 13,500 payment by Immucor's Italian subsidiary.

The company confirmed that the case is not against Immucor as a corporation. As previously reported, Immucor settled charges against its Italian subsidiary in 2007, and that year also settled the SEC investigation against the company.

Immucor Chairman Joseph E. Rosen said: "Immucor's Board of Directors, from the beginning, maintained full transparency around the Italian criminal charges, and the company has reported these proceedings since the situation arose in 2004. We self-reported the case to the SEC and fully cooperated with its investigation. As well, we cooperated with Italian authorities. In a
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