Eni denies role in Kazakh deportation scandal

Italian energy giant 'had nothing to do with it'

(see previous) (ANSA) - Rome, December 16 - Italian energy giant Eni on Monday denied it played a role in the expulsion of the wife and daughter of Kazakh oligarch and political dissident Mukhtar Ablyazov earlier this year. "Eni had absolutely nothing to do (with the case)," said Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni. Earlier Monday, Rome prosecutors said they were probing allegations made on Italian investigative TV program Report in its broadcast of an anonymous interview with an alleged manager of Eni, which has extensive investments in resource-rich Kazakhstan. In the interview, the source said Eni was pressured to act in the eventual arrest and deportation of Ablyazov's family after Kazakh officials learned of their whereabouts in Rome this spring. The CEO said it was Eni itself that submitted a motion to prosecutors following the broadcast, calling on them to "ascertain the facts and assertions in the broadcast, which Eni finds to be false and damaging to its image".