Italy space agency chief arrested on graft charges
Saggese 'threatened whistle-blower'25 February, 18:33
Saggese allegedly threatened whistle-blower Roberto Borsa with shutting down his section and "compromising his professional future" if he went to authorities, according to court documents.
The allegedly dodgy invoices were issued to Rome-based Sistina Travel, which organized ASI employees' trips abroad, and Turin-based Get-It Communication, a PR company. Including Saggese, seven ASI officials are currently under investigation in the graft probe. These include ASI spokespersons Francesca and Mario Giacomo Sette, who are employees of Italian aerospace and industrial giant Finmeccanica. Operating under the education and research ministry, ASI reportedly had a yearly budget of 700 million euros as of 2010.