July 17, 2013 / 11:26 AM / 4 years ago

Italy court sentences Pirelli head in spying probe

Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera smiles in the paddock after the third practice session of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

MILAN (Reuters) - A Milan court handed the chairman of Italian tyre maker Pirelli PECI.MI, Marco Tronchetti Provera, a suspended sentence of 20 months in jail on Wednesday in a case involving the use of Telecom Italia’s (TLIT.MI) data to snoop on Italy’s elite.

Tronchetti Provera, one of Italy’s most prominent businessmen who was head of Telecom Italia from 2001 to 2006, was also ordered to pay 900,000 euros (774.73 thousand pounds) to the telecoms company.

A lawyer for Tronchetti Provera, who denies any wrongdoing, said he would appeal against the verdict. The sentence will not take effect until the appeals process is exhausted.

Reporting by Ilaria Polleschi

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