September 1, 2003

MORE EURO-SCANDALS:

Pressure was growing on leaders of the Italian left yesterday over allegations that they took massive kickbacks when Telecom Italia bought a chunk of Telekom Serbia during Slobodan Milosevic’s rule.
A key financial adviser has accused European commissioner Romano Prodi; a former foreign minister, Lamberto Dini; the leader of the Democrats of the Left party, Piero Fassino; and Rome’s mayor, Walter Veltroni, of taking millions of pounds in backhanders when the deal was done in 1997. . . .

More used to firing similar accusations at Italy’s billionaire prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, he suggested, without giving details, that Mr Berlusconi was the real “puppetmaster” pulling the strings behind this scandal too.

Stay tuned.

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