PARMA, Italy, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Italy said Monday
that former Parmalat Chief Executive Officer Calisto Tanzi was a flight
risk and requested he be arrested.
Tanzi has already been sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence on
market-rigging charges and filing false reports with regulators in the
wake of the collapse of Parmalat, the ANSA news agency reported
Prosecutors, however, are now asking for an additional 20-year
sentence for a separate set of fraud and criminal conspiracy charges.
The case involves 25 defendants, including Tanzi. In addition, Tanzi
and more than 50 former Parmalat employees are involved in two other
trials having to do with the firm's collapse.
The investigations began with Parmalat's bankruptcy in 2003, after
which it was discovered that $5.3 billion reportedly held in a Bank of
America account did not exist.
The executives of the firm have been accused of share price
manipulation and using bond issues to cover their mistakes. In the
aftermath of the bankruptcy, about 150,000 investors found the bonds
they had purchased were worthless.
Although sentenced to 10 years in prison, media reports say it is
rare for someone in Italy to serve time at an advanced age. Tanzi, who
is 72, was held for several months in jail in 2004, CorpWatch reported.