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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

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