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Italian Space Agency chief in kickbacks probe

Saggese could face corruption and bribery charges

06 February, 13:00
Italian Space Agency chief in kickbacks probe (ANSA) - Rome, February 6 - Rome prosecutors on Thursday placed seven people under investigation in connection with alleged kickbacks in contracts involving the Italian Space Agency (ASI).

One of the suspects was ASI President Enrico Saggese.

Police also carried out searches in ASI offices and in those of suppliers, as well as in suspects' homes. Investigations began after an ASI manager reported being the object of an attempted bribe.

The suspects, who include two employees of Italian aerospace and defence giant Finmeccanica, could face charges of bribery and corruption.

Other organisations implicated in the probe besides ASI include Sistina Travel, which organises foreign travel on behalf of ASI employees, the Italian Aerospace Research Centre (CIRA), Get-It, Eurofiere, Art Work and Space Engineering, which have offices across the peninsula.