Sentence sought for D&G fashion duo in tax trial

An Italian prosecutor on Wednesday sought a sentence of two years and six months for fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who are on trial in Milan for allegedly evading about €1 billion ($1.3 billion) in taxes.

Sentence sought for D&G fashion duo in tax trial
Stefano Gabbana (L) and Domenico Dolce at Milan Fashion Week in February. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

The two are accused of dodging taxes due to the state by managing their brands through a shell company "Gado" in Luxembourg in 2004 and 2005.

"They are the ones who profited most from the operation," prosecutor Gaetano Ruta was quoted by the Italian news agency ANSA as saying.

"Gado was an artificial construction made for the tax advantage that was obtained," he said.

Dolce and Gabbana, whose clients include Beyonce and Madonna, have repeatedly denied the charge.

The two designers are being tried with five other people in the case. The investigation began after a tax inspection in 2007 and was completed in 2010.

The news comes one week after it was reported that the fashion duo, along with Italian designer Giorgio Armani were to be excluded from the official programme of Milan Fashion Week because they are not due-paying members of the national fashion chamber.

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Italy’s president calls for ‘full truth’ on anniversary of Bologna bombing

President Sergio Mattarella said on Tuesday it was the state's duty to shed more light on the 1980 bombing of Bologna's train station, on the 42nd anniversary of the attack that killed 85 people and injured 200.

Italy's president calls for 'full truth' on anniversary of Bologna bombing

On August 2nd 1980, a bomb exploded in the railway station’s waiting room, causing devastation on an unprecedented scale.

Five members of terrorist groups were later convicted in relation to the bombing, the worst episode in Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ period of political violence in the 1970s and 80s.

Most recently, in 2020, a former member of the far-right Armed Revolutionary Nucleus (NAR) was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing logistical support to those who carried out the attack.

But suspicions remain of cover-ups and the involvement of “deviant elements” within the nation’s security services, reported Italian news agency Ansa.

READ ALSO: Bologna massacre: 40 years on, questions remain over Italy’s deadliest postwar terror attack

“The bomb that killed people who happened to be at the station on that morning 42 years ago still reverberates with violence in the depths of the country’s conscience,” Mattarella said in a speech marking the anniversary on Tuesday.

“It was the act of cowardly men of unequalled inhumanity, one of the most terrible of the history of the Italian Republic.

A train compartment at Bologna station pictured following the 1980 bombing attributed to the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari.

“It was a terrorist attack that sought to destabilise democratic institutions and sow fear, hitting ordinary citizens going about their everyday tasks.

“On the day of the anniversary our thoughts go, above all, to the relatives forced to suffer the greatest pain.

“The neo-fascist nature of the massacre has been established in court and further steps have been made to unveil the cover-ups and those who ordered the attack in order to comply with the Republic’s duty to seek the full truth”.

The bombing remains Western Europe’s fourth deadliest postwar terror attack, and one of the most devastating in Italy’s history.