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Italian football clubs under probe for tax fraud


Naples: In an investigation targeted at dozens of clubs in top three football divisions in Italy, around 12 million euros worth assets from 58 individuals were seized by Italian tax police as alleged tax evasion.

The investigations were impounded after the request of prosecutors in Naples. The assets included cash, clubs and real estate. Assets seized were of a total of 64 people over an alleged tax fraud scheme.

The Investigation was started after the transfer of Lavezzi from Napoli and after the Paris Saint-German reported the probe regularly in 2012, which appears to involve 35 clubs in Serie A, Serie B and Lega Pro.

Aurelio De Laurentiis, Lazio owner Claudio Lotito, Serie A leaders Napoli, AC Milan director general Adriano Galliani, former Argentina international and Modena coach Herman Crespo, and Jean Claude Blanc, who manages Paris Saint-German are under investigation.

Several present as well as former Serie A players including Argentinian forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lazio agent Alessandro Moggi are also allegedly under probe along with Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini, former Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi, former Juventus president Jean Claude Blanc.

According to prosecutors, instead of splitting with players, agents also charged entirely to the clubs.

While some marginal benefits for players were avoided by the system, the clubs then decreased the fees from their tax payments, prosecutors added.

In Italy, some Argentinean agents also avoided taxation by setting up with companies and by using wrong end documents.

Lazio’s lawyer Gian Michele Gentile said that they also don’t have any information regarding this as they also got to know through Media.

Lazio and Atalanta denied the ‘wrongdoing’ and said that they have full faith in the investigation.(Inputs from agencies)

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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