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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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