Businessman murdered in southern suburb of Rome
74-year-old landlord had won dispute over toxic dumping09 October, 14:21
Sesto Corvini was well known landlord in the Casal Palocco neighborhood where, shortly after 8am, his body was discovered slumped in his truck and shot five times in the face with a pistol, reported the newspaper La Repubblica on its website.
The paper said he was noticed by workers of the community's waste and water management group, the Casalpalocco Consortium, who alerted police.
Corvini owned the real estate company Societa' Generale Immobiliare Sogene di Casal Palocco, whose assets included a golf course and a local dump.
He bought his holdings at auction in 1994 after the previous owners went bankrupt.
In the years since, Corvini had been caught up in a number of legal battles with local residents.
In particular, investigators are looking into a dispute with the Casalpalocco Consortium.
An environmental investigation had found that toxic substances had been dumped in the landfill belonging to Corvini, dedicated to garden prunings. The Casalpalocco Consortium was fined five million euros to pay for environmental clean up, a bill that landed on local residents.