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Vivendi Convicted for Bribery in Milan


In Milan, Italy in 2002 a senior executive of Vivendi was convicted of planning to bribe local politicians in the both the majority and opposition parties of Milan city council in order to win the IT£200bn tender for a wastewater treatment plant in the south of Milan, Italy. The evidence included a floppy disk containing a letter by Alain Metz in which Metz states that he has "excellent contacts" within the rightwing majority coalition (Polo delle Liberta, whose leader is media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi), and planned to pay total IT£ 4bn bribes to politicians. About IT£ 2.3bn would go to the majority parties, IT£ 300mn to the opposition and other money would reach "experts" and "mediators" whose names were not revealed


References
Birmingham Post  [Publication date: 1/8/2002] 'SEVERN TRENT'S ITALIAN JOB' by Richard Tyler
[ Date URL accessed: 1/9/2003 ]

Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)  [Publication date: 20/5/2002] 'Trial begins in S&WB bribery case; Prosecution says ex-official paid to promote company's interests;' by Stephanie Grace
[ Date URL accessed: 25/5/2004 ]

Public Citizen  [Publication date: 1/9/2001] 'New Orleans’ Effort To Privatize Its Water And Sewer Systems: An Analysis'
   http://www.citizen.org/documents/New_Orleans_analysis_(PDF).pdf
[ Date URL accessed: 7/4/2004 ]

Public Citizen  [Publication date: 1/9/2001] 'The Big Greedy A Background Check on the Corporations Vying to Take Over New Orleans’ Water System' by Alex Tsybine
   http://www.citizen.org/documents/Big_Greedy_(PDF).PDF
[ Date URL accessed: 16/1/2003 ]


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