Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Malawi: HIV-infected man paid to have sex with girls arrested

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

Meet Omar, the 10-year-old chef who became a social media star

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Gigantic snails are a delicacy in Ivory Coast

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

La vie en gris: The story behind France's famed rooftops

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Olympic refugee team goes for gold

Read more

FOCUS

Taiwan's nuclear dumping ground

Read more

ENCORE!

Greece: Creativity in a time of crisis

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

French growth grinds to a halt over strikes

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Norway will 'move mountains' for Nordic neighbour Finland

Read more

Telecom Italia and Pirelli accused in spy case

Latest update : 2008-07-19

Italian prosecutors have accused two of the country's top firms, Telecom Italia and Pirelli, of failing to control an extensive wire-tapping system deployed to gather data on politicians, business leaders, and sports and showbiz personalities.

Italian prosecutors have accused two of the country's top firms, Telecom Italia and its former leading shareholder Pirelli, of lack of oversight in connection with a huge spy scandal, press reports said Saturday.
   
Some 30 suspects have been targeted by Milan prosecutors following inquiries launched two years ago into an extensive wire-tapping system, according to the ANSA news agency and other media.
   
They include a former head of security at the two firms, Giuliano Tavaroli, but not former Telecom Italia boss Marco Tronchetti Porvera, who has not been proved to have known about the spying, the Corriere della Sera daily said.
   
The reports said the two firms could be fined up to 1.5 million euros for failing to control what was going on.
   
Originally set up to spy on employees of Telecom Italia, the system expanded to gather data on politicians, business leaders, footballers and show-business personalities by telephone tapping and pirating of bank account details.
   
According to ANSA, they were informed of the suspicions against them late Friday after the closure of the stock exchange.

Date created : 2008-07-19

COMMENT(S)