16 arrested in rigged car-hire contract investigation
Company linked to Communion and Liberation implicated in probe22 January, 17:06
The suspects now face charges of corruption and bid tampering.
The probe centres on the activities of Saronno-based company Kaleidos Srl, which has links with the Company of Works, a business organisation established by the founder of the Catholic organisation Communion and Liberation don Luigi Giussani in 1986.
Investigators have brought to light "a network of contacts belonging to the Company of Works and therefore to Comunion and Liberation," preliminary hearings judge Giuseppe Gennari said.
The magistrate added that "for Kaleidos belonging to this network represented an efficient means of identifying new business opportunities". Gennari alleged that the company had been manipulating and rigging tenders in the northern Lombardy region for at least five years.
The most recent suspected offence dated to late 2012 and conversations recorded in the previous months showed a situation that was unchanged with respect to the past, he said.