(ANSA) - Milan, February 15 - Giuseppe Orsi on Friday
stepped down from his post as president and member of the board
of directors of Italian aerospace and defence giant Finmeccanica
after being arrested on suspicion of international corruption
and tax fraud over the sale of helicopters to India.
Orsi announced his decision in a letter presented to a
preliminary investigations judge during questioning at Busto
Arsizio prison near the northern city of Varese, citing the
desire to "help brighten the climate created around the company"
as a result of the investigations.
However, he continued to deny any wrongdoing and said his
actions "had always been motivated by the exclusive interest of
Finmeccanica and all its subsidiaries".
Orsi told the judge he had no knowledge of illegal
manoeuvres concerning the 12-helicopter deal.
Nor did he know the Indian Tyagi family, he said, members
of which prosecutors say received bribes paid by Finmeccanica to
secure the contract.