MILAN Dec 16 Italy's highest court on Friday
ordered a re-trial of former top executives at defence group
Leonardo Finmeccanica over allegations of bribery in a
2010 contract to provide a dozen helicopters to the Indian
In April a Milan appeals court sentenced former Finmeccanica
CEO Giuseppe Orsi to four and a half years in prison for
corruption and falsifying invoices, overturning a previous lower
Bruno Spagnolini, former head of the group's helicopter unit
AgustaWestland, was sentenced to four years in jail over the 560
million euro ($585 million) contract.
The case went to the highest court after the two executives
launched an appeal.
Both executives will now have to be tried again in front of
Milan's appeals court.
Last week India's federal police arrested the former head of
the air force S.P. Tyagi, 71, who was at the centre of
allegations of impropriety in the order of 12 helicopters meant
to fly senior Indian politicians.
The deal was cancelled in 2014 after Orsi was arrested on
suspicion of paying bribes to secure the deal.
AgustaWestland opposed India's decision to cancel the order
and the contract is currently suspended and the subject of
international arbitration in Paris.
The case against Finmeccanica itself was dropped by
prosecutors back in 2014 while AgustaWestland agreed on a 7.5
million-euro settlement with the court the same year.
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(Reporting by Valentina Errante, writing by Valentina Za;
Editing by Susan Fenton)