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Bankruptcy probe into Renzi’s dad continues

A court in Genoa on Monday refused to dismiss an investigation into bankruptcy fraud against Tiziano Renzi, the father of Italy's Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi.

Bankruptcy probe into Renzi's dad continues
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi earlier this year. His father is being investigated for bankruptcy fraud. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

The investigation concerns the 2013 failure of Chil Post Srl, a newspaper distribution and advertising company headquartered in Genoa, of which Renzi senior was the chief executive, Il Secolo XIX reported.

The case was opened in September 2014 but the public prosecutor had since asked that it be dismissed.

On Monday, preliminary hearing judge Roberta Bossi rejected the request, saying that there would need to be further investigation to ascertain if criminal activity had taken place.

“Further investigation is needed to establish the contractual relations that existed between Chil Post Srl, Chil Promotion and the TNT group,” Bossi said.

Speaking after the judge's decision, Renzi's defence lawyer, Federico Bagattini, remained upbeat.

“The investigation won't turn up anything surprising,” he said. “Everything can be proven by documentation and paperwork.”

Should the case go to trial it will no doubt be highly embarrassing for the premier, who has frequently spoken of the need to rid Italy of corruption. 

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Italy’s Meloni in Libya to discuss energy, migration

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni arrived Saturday in the Libyan capital Tripoli for talks on energy as well as the thorny issue of migration, Libyan state media said.

Italy's Meloni in Libya to discuss energy, migration

Meloni’s trip — her second to a North African country this week — is the first by a European leader to war-battered Libya since her predecessor Mario Draghi’s visit in April 2021.

State television said the Italian premier was received by Abdelhamid Dbeibah, who heads the Tripoli-based, UN brokered Government of National Unity which is contested by a rival administration in the east.

Libya and its former colonial power Italy are key trade partners, particularly in energy, where Italian giant Eni plays a major role in tapping into Africa’s largest known oil reserves.

Meloni was accompanied by Eni chief Claudio Descalzi, who is expected to sign a deal with Libya’s National Oil Company to develop two Libyan offshore gas fields.

Eni will invest $8 million in the two fields, NOC chief Farhat Bengdara said in televised remarks this week, adding they are expected to produce 850 million cubic metres of gas.

Meloni visited Algeria on Monday seeking supply deals from Africa’s top gas exporter to help reduce reliance on Russia after it invaded Ukraine last year.

During her trip to Libya, she is also expected to discuss the issue of migration amid rising numbers of irregular migrants from Libya to Italy.

Libya has been wracked by years of conflict and division since a NATO-backed revolt toppled dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.

The country is a conduit for thousands of people each year fleeing conflict and poverty across Africa, seeking refuge across the Mediterranean in Europe.

Meloni’s far-right government took office in October, vowing to stop migrant landings in Italy, which reached more than 105,000 in 2022.

The central Mediterranean route is considered the world’s most treacherous, according to the International Organization for Migration, which estimated that 1,377 migrants had disappeared on that route last year.

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