Italian Space Agency chief in kickbacks probe
Saggese could face corruption and bribery charges06 February, 13:00
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.