Italian steelworks executive arrested in London
Riva on the run from European warrant22 January, 15:30
(ANSA) - Rome, January 22 - Fabio Riva, an Italian executive from the company which owns the ILVA steel plant in Taranto at the center of an environmental dispute, was arrested in London on Tuesday after two months on the run.
Following a local arrest warrant in November, Taranto prosecutors issued a European arrest warrant for Riva, the deputy chairman of parent company Riva, on December 10 saying that he was sought as part of a criminal probe into the environmental scandal at the facility.
Several other top managers have been arrested as part of the investigations.
After the news of Riva's arrest, Pierfelice Zazzera, an MP from the Puglia region around Taranto, said that he should be extradited to Italy to face trial.
The Taranto plant is the biggest in Europe, and the Riva group is the biggest iron and steel producer in Italy, the fourth-biggest in Europe and the 23rd-biggest in the world.