‘Italy did not pursue Agusta leads’

The agencies investigating the alleged bribery in AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal are of the view that Italian authorities did not properly pursue the international dimensions of money laundering involved in the transactions under scrutiny. “In any bribery case, the consideration originates from somewhere, can be routed through entities or individuals and received by intended beneficiaries. In the AgustaWestland case, they took note of only a part of the entire chain of transactions. Based on our findings, we had shared information with Italy through the diplomatic channel. However, they were not considered,” said an official. In response to the Letters Rogatory (judicial requests) sent by Indian agencies, Italian authorities have shared a large number of documents that are still in the process of being translated. “However, they are yet to execute the requests completely. We had sought the extradition of accused middleman Carlo Gerosa. We have again requested for his extradition,” the official said. Another official said the Italian police did not completely examine the alleged involvement of British national Christian Michel, which gave him the opportunity to blame it all on another alleged middleman Guido Haschke. On Monday, a Delhi court permitted retired Air Chief S.P. Tyagi and his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi, accused in the case, to fly abroad on conditions.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/italy-did-not-pursue-agusta-leads/article25823550.ece

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