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Instant trials in helicopter bribe case set for June 19

Finmeccania ex-CEO and AgustaWestland chief to face proceedings

03 May, 13:59
Instant trials in helicopter bribe case set for June 19 (ANSA) - Busto Arsizio, May 3 - Instant trials are set to begin June 19 for ex-CEO of the Italian state-controlled defense giant Finmeccanica, Giuseppe Orsi, and the CEO of its helicopter unit AgustaWestland, Bruno Spagnoli.

A judge in the northern Italian town of Busto Arsizio granted a prosecutor’s request for the instant trial, which eliminates preliminary hearings.

Orsi and Spagnolini are suspected of corruption in relation to bribes allegedly paid to secure a contract to sell 12 AgustaWestland helicopters to India.

Authorities in both Italy and India have been investigating Finmeccanica, which employs some 70,000 around the world, over the alleged kickbacks paid in the sale of the helicopters to India.

Orsi and Spagnolini are both accused of corruption and issuing false invoices.

Orsi has been in jail since February 12, while Spagnolini has been under house arrest from the same date.

Photo: Ex-CEO of Finmeccanica, Giuseppe Orsi