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Italy kickbacks scandal deepens

Italy kickbacks scandal deepens
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Maurizio Lupi was already resisting pressure to resign over revelations that one of the businessmen arrested in the case had given his son, Luca Lupi, a 10,000-euro Rolex watch.

Examining magistrates suspect that the same businessman, Stefano Perotti, organised a job for the recently-graduated son at an engineering firm run by his brother-in-law, at the request of the minister. Lupi on Tuesday denied making any such request, saying he had never sought favours for his children and that to do so “would have been a grave error and, I presume, a crime.”

It emerged on Wednesday that wiretap evidence in the case includes a recording of Lupi calling a senior official in his ministry in June 2014 and telling him: “You must come and meet my son.”
Further wiretaps indicate that the official, Ettore Incalza, asked Perotti to arrange things and, by the end of the month, Luca Lupi had his job, media reports said.

Incalza, who was arrested on Monday, was the top official in charge of major public works in Lupi’s ministry until the end of last year, when he left to become a consultant.

The minister has described Perotti as a family friend and the wiretaps suggest he was also close to another businessman, Francesco Cavallo, who has also been arrested in the kickbacks case. Several recordings reveal that Cavallo regularly introduced himself to business contacts as “Lupi’s man.” 
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