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May 23, 2014

Italy struggles to turn page on corruption

MILAN, Italy, May 23 (Reuters) – They usually met in Milan
although on Wednesdays they lunched in Rome. But for the seven
men arrested on suspicion of corruption, the menu was always the
same, prosecutors said: alleged bribes to obtain building
contracts for Italy’s Expo 2015 world fair.

Milan prosecutors are investigating whether the group of
former politicians and entrepreneurs rigged contracts for Expo
and other public tenders, including a 67 million euro contract
to build facilities for next year’s Universal Exhibition,
according to a copy of the arrest warrant seen by Reuters.

May 9, 2014

Arrests, corruption probe, cast cloud over Italy’s Expo 2015

MILAN (Reuters) – The arrest of seven managers and ex-members of parliament over alleged attempts to influence public tenders for Milan’s Expo 2015 has cast a shadow over Italy’s plans to stage an international showcase event and help kick-start the economy.

Italian commentators said the scandal surrounding the Universal Exposition, which has been in the planning and construction stages for more than six years and is expected to draw millions of visitors next year, was another example of Italy’s inability to keep corruption out of major events.

Apr 16, 2014

Italian court rules Saipem executive improperly dismissed

MILAN, April 16 (Reuters) – An Italian court has ruled that
Pietro Varone, former chief of oil service firm Saipem’s
engineering business, was improperly dismissed in
connection with corruption allegations in Algeria, according to
a court document seen by Reuters.

The court, which still has to give the reasons for its
decision, also threw out Saipem’s claim for damages against
Varone, ordering it instead to pay its former employee almost
1.2 million euros ($1.7 million), the ruling said.

Apr 10, 2014

Prosecutor, defence urge community service for Berlusconi

MILAN, April 10 (Reuters) – Both the prosecution and defence
have asked a Milan court to order former Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi to serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud doing
community service, judicial sources said on Thursday.

The judge told reporters after the first day of hearings
that the court would decide in 5-15 days what kind of punishment
the centre-right leader will receive.

Apr 10, 2014

Berlusconi asks to serve fraud sentence helping the disabled

ROME, April 10 (Reuters) – Silvio Berlusconi has asked to
serve his one-year sentence for tax fraud helping disabled
people, judicial sources said ahead of a hearing to decide what
form of punishment the former Italian prime minister will
receive.

Later on Thursday a Milan tribunal will begin considering
the request and must issue its decision by next Tuesday.

Apr 2, 2014

Consultant in Finmeccanica bribery case enters plea bargain: sources

BUSTO ARSIZIO, Italy (Reuters) – A consultant accused of bribing Indian officials to help a unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica win a helicopter contract has struck a plea bargain with Italian prosecutors, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Under the arrangement, which must be ratified by a judge, Guido Ralph Haschke would be sentenced for international corruption and would serve a year and 10 months under home detention or performing community service, the sources said.

Nov 29, 2013

Berlusconi accused of bribing witnesses in prostitution trial

MILAN (Reuters) – An Italian court accused former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday of bribing witnesses to give false testimony in a trial linked to the case in which he has been convicted for paying for sex with a minor.

The accusation, two days after Berlusconi was stripped of his seat in parliament for tax fraud, came in a written judgment in the trial of three associates of the billionaire media tycoon who are charged with procuring prostitutes for parties at his home near Milan.

Nov 21, 2013

Berlusconi ‘directed’ bunga bunga sex parties: court

MILAN (Reuters) – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was the ringmaster of “bunga bunga” sex parties at his luxurious villa near Milan, giving the go-ahead for young women to perform pole dances and stripteases, according to a court document.

Berlusconi, who faces potential expulsion from his Senate seat next week after receiving a final conviction for tax fraud in a separate case, was handed a seven-year jail sentence in June for abuse of office and paying for sex with a minor during the parties.

Jun 19, 2013

Finmeccanica helicopter corruption trial starts in Italy

BUSTO ARSIZIO, Italy, June 19 (Reuters) – The trial of the
former head of Italian defence group Finmeccanica
began on Wednesday, with Giuseppe Orsi facing corruption charges
over a deal to sell 12 helicopters to the Indian government.

Bruno Spagnolini, the former chief executive of
AgustaWestland – the division of Finmeccanica that sold the
helicopters – is being tried alongside Orsi on the same charges.

Feb 21, 2013

Slovenian match-fixing suspect detained in Milan

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian police arrested a fugitive associate of alleged football matchfixing kingpin Tan Seet Eng on Thursday after he flew in from Singapore to hand himself over, they said in a statement.

The man, identified as 31-year-old Slovenian Admir Suljic, arrived at Milan’s Malpensa airport in the early hours to find police waiting for him after a tip-off by Singapore authorities.