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Avantis

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The Berlusconi

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The Berlusconi

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Namely, in April 2012, Valter ...

www.thepanamanews.com [cached]

Namely, in April 2012, Valter Lavitola, entrepreneur and former editor of the online daily Avanti, was arrested on charges of offering bribes to the president of Panama for construction contracts. The development proved to be an embarrassment for the Italian government as Lavitola was a close associate of former Prime Minister Berlusconi.


This Saturday, the freedom court of ...

www.panama-guide.com [cached]

This Saturday, the freedom court of Naples confirmed that the arrest warrant for the businessman and former director of the Italian newspaper Avanti, Valter Lavítola is legitimate, reported the AFP. Lavítola is accused of corruption and having bribed the former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the President of Panama to obtain lucrative contracts, according to a summary of the investigation published by the Italian press.

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Greco spoke to the journalist Joan Solés, a correspondent for Panama Radio in Italy, who interviewed him about the investigation against Lavítola, a key figure in the negotiations between Panama and Finmeccanica, and who is accused of having paid bribes to Panamanian public servants within the failed negotiation to build modular prisons in Panama.
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However, in an email exchange between the president and Lavítola, which is part of the evidence from prosecutors in Naples, and to which TVN News had access, foreshadowed another reality.
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Valter, hug."
At 5:32 in the afternoon the president would have said, "please to everything with Rica. Today I am in Davos, Switzerland."
Lavítola then allegedly sent an email to the Deputy Security Minister Alejandro Garuz to the email account agaruz@minseg.gob.pa as follows: Alexander, relax.
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Valter."
At 8:21, the response from the account to Lavítola ricamartinelli@gmail.com: "perfect, we will see you here."
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Valter."
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Lavítola, replied on February 19 at 12:23 hours with a terse message: "ok. Thank you."
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According to the president, the news appearing in major media around the world relating relates him to the investigations being conducted by the Prosecutor of Naples against Valter Lavítola, constitutes a "bounce" (or a splash). Regarding Lavítola, Martinelli again qualified him as an "instrumental person" for Panama, to whom the country owes for the treaty to avoid double taxation with Italy and six patrol boats, among other things.
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The Panamanian newspaper La Prensa published Tuesday that an investigation by prosecutors in the Italian city of Naples "identifies" Martinelli "as a person who received" allegedly on orders from Lavítola, "profits and sums of cash in connection with a failed contract to build four prisons" in Panama.


Mishcon's Culture vs Corruption Diary - May 2012 : Briefings : Latest : Mishcon de Reya New York LLP

www.mishconnewyork.com [cached]

Italian entrepreneur and former editor of Avanti, Valter Lavitola, has been arrested over allegations of offering bribes to the president of Panama for construction contracts. Mr Lavitola denies the allegations.


Looked at in such a context, ...

thepanamanews.com [cached]

Looked at in such a context, the revelations that Valter Lavitola, like Benito Mussolini an editor of the old Italian socialist newspaper L'Avanti who threw in his lot with the right, used his position as Silvio Berlusconi's bag man to insinuate himself into the Martinelli administration and engineer overpriced Panamanian government contracts with kickbacks for Martinelli gave voters a reason to continue the tradition of ousting the incumbents.

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One of the several crimes for which Lavitola is now serving time in prison is arranging for a €3 million bribe that got Italian Senator Sergio De Gregorio to switch from then Premier Romano Prodi's leftist government to the rightist Berlusconi camp back in 2008, bringing down Prodi and returning Berlusconi to power.
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It was even worse for him to use the services of Valter Lavitola. One of the matters up to Italian justice at this moment is to determine when Lavitola was acting as Berlusconi's agent, when he was acting on Martinelli's behalf and which Lavitola scams were by and for Valter Lavitola and nobody else.
In any case, Italian prosecutors say that Lavitola brokered kickbacks for Martinelli for a series of contracts with subsidiaries of the Italian state-controlled aerospace and defense conglomerate Finmeccanica, gifts of various sorts for Martinelli and people in his entourage in failed bid to land a contract for the Italian company Svemark to provide Panama with prefabricated prison cells, and a shakedown of Italy's construction giant Impregilo to finance a project that Martinelli wanted, through a Dominican company that was allegedly to pay Martinelli a kickback.
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Berlusconi is a series of back pages little stories, Lavitola generally gets mentioned in the Italian press only if some other celebrity is involved and nobody is thinking or reporting about Martinelli.
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Still, the Finmeccanica trial of Lavitola and the company's former sales director is underway and the Panamanian government has been made a party to the process.
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A drug bust at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci Airport of "woman in white" Fedrica Gagliardi this past March has led to inquiries about her trips Panama, Brazil and Venezuela - her most noteworthy a visit here in the company of Berlusconi and Lavitola in 2010.
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Meanwhile in Naples, the Impregilo extortion case has expanded into allegations that Lavitola, Dominican-American businessman Rogelio Oruña and Martinelli attempted to arrange kickbacks from contractors with the Metro construction project, and in connection other large public works contracts involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.


Valter Lavitola, an ...

www.ipaidabribe.com [cached]

Valter Lavitola, an associate of Berlusconi, was also indicted for allegedly acting as a go-between.

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