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Prodi denies wrongdoing in EU embezzlement investigation | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
Italy's prime minister, Romano Prodi, said last night he had learnt he was under investigation in a fraud inquiry, but denied any wrongdoing.

In a statement issued by his office, Mr Prodi said he had not received any formal notification, which was reported by the website of the weekly news magazine Panorama. He added that he had "total confidence in the work of the magistrates" leading the inquiry who, he felt sure, would allow him to show he had nothing to do with "any eventual accusation".

Article continues Under Italian law, suspects are meant to receive a caution when their name is placed on a register of those formally under investigation. But, in high-profile cases involving celebrities or politicians, they usually find out through the media who learn of the move before it can be notified to the person concerned.

Calls to the investigating magistrate went unanswered last night. His superior said he was unaware Mr Prodi had been made a suspect and would have expected to be informed if he had.

by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:28:57 AM EST
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Yep, it's back to one of those ho-hum Panorama scoops that remind one so much of Guzzanti and Scaramella. It may be a coincidence but this is what it's all about:

Apparently there's a secret Masonic lodge in San Marino that's involved in embezzling EU funds. One of the persons involved has been linked to Prodi. All of this based on the confessions of a person actually charged with serious crimes in Calabria. So we have an interested person indicted for crimes who confesses that a person linked to Prodi is in on the deal. Ergo Prodi is written up in the register of people under investigation.

But every time the words "Panorama", house organ of the Berlusconi empire, and "San Marino", petty monkey-shit republic, appear side by side, one can't help thinking of the dozens of scams and attempts at framing that involve the two. From Guzzanti's Telekom Serbia bullshit, through Scaramella's work through the shadowy San Marino company Finbroker to frame Prodi and most of the left along with the deceased Litvinenko, to the framing of hapless Ukranians and second-rate Italians cons with false arms traffic charges.

Yes, San Marino does have one hell of a reputation. I'm reminded of the backwaters of the Finbroker case- as it does have some brilliant analogies. A certain Anghessa, wanted through Interpol for seedy nuclear et al. traffic, and definitively condemned, managed to frame a center-left big shot in San Marino by selling the Finbroker to him. Anghessa and his cohorts had previously used Finbroker for a lot of their shady traffics. The idea was to find a lefty sucker to take the fall and then set up Finbroker as a lefty company. But the lefty shill didn't have much time to even set foot in the company because judiciary authorities seized and padlocked the property and charged the lefty sucker with fraudulent bankruptcy.

The strange thing about the whole story is that Scaramella had free access to the premises while it was seized. He even took Limarev there to show off what a big shot he was.

Anghessa was last reported hanging out in Moscow during the Litvinenko affair. Scaramella apparently is still held in isolation in prison, an exceptional measure rarely taken. Senator Guzzanti continues to entertain us through the pages of Panorama with his psychotic ranting. The four Ukranians that Prodi allegedly hired to thump Guzzanti and Scaramella were found innocent on all charges. One hopes they'll sue the shit out of Scaramella and the Italian state. (Guzzanti is immune, poor fellow.)

If these shenanigans are to continue, perhaps San Marino should take serious action to save its tarnished reputation. And if Guzzanti is to continue in his obsessive compulsion to frame people he detests maybe it wouldn't be so far fetched to imagine that Litvinenko was a sacrificial thump.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 10:33:12 AM EST
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As of 18:30 local time today Prodi has yet to be officially informed he is under investigation. The chief prosecutor of Catanzaro, Mariano Lombardo, informed the press today at 13:30 that if Prodi had been officially inserted in the register of persons under investigation, he was not aware of it. This is against procedure as the chief prosecutor should first be informed of an alleged action taken by a subordinate investigative judge in his district. The investigative judge, Luigi de Magistris, in charge of the case in which Prodi is allegedly involved is still irreperable as of yesterday.

The two judges are notoriously at odds with one another over the conduct of several cases.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 12:46:42 PM EST
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