Italian Official Implicated in Parmalat Scandal

Law360, New York (January 11, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Alleging high-level corruption, Italian judges have requested the country's Minister of Agriculture be formally investigated due to his possible involvement in the financial scandal at dairy-food company Parmalat SpA.

The judges asked the Italian Parliament to waive the customary right to immunity for the minister, Gianni Alemanno. He stands accused of accepting €85,000 from Parmalat's former chief, Calisto Tanzi, in exchange for political favors.

Tanzi and 15 other Parmalat executives are currently on trial in Milan. They are charged with fraudulent accounting and market rigging....
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