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AgustaWestland chopper scam: Italian court acquits two former Leonardo executives

The Court of Appeal of Milan cleared the two former Leonardo executives of charges as "there isn't sufficient proof", according to the sentence read out in court.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: January 08, 2018 19:21 IST ]
AgustaWestland chopper scam. Representative Image.
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An Italian court on Monday acquitted the former president of Finmeccanica (now Leonardo), Giuseppe Orsi, and the former advisor of the subsidiary AgustaWestland, Bruno Spagnolini in chopper scam case. 

The Court of Appeal of Milan cleared the two former Leonardo executives of charges as "there isn't sufficient proof", according to the sentence read out in court.

In December 2016, Italy's highest court had ordered a re-trial of the case, after the former executives of the Rome-based group were found guilty on corruption charges related to a 560 million euros ($672 million) contract to supply a dozen helicopters to New Delhi.

A judge earlier that year had sentenced Orsi to four and a half years in prison for corruption and falsifying invoices and Spagnolini to four years in jail.

(With inputs from agencies)

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