April 6, 2018 / 9:12 AM / a year ago

Italy tax police search Eni offices in Congo Republic corruption probe - sources

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Italian oil and gas group Eni is seen on the facade of its headquarters in Rome, Italy, December 23, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo - RC1300936BD0

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy’s tax police have searched the offices of oil major Eni (ENI.MI) as part of a probe into alleged corruption in the Republic of Congo, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The sources said the searches had occurred in past days.

Eni was not immediately available for a comment.

Eni said last year it was being investigated by Milan prosecutors for international corruption relating to agreements signed by its Congo subsidiary with the Congo Republic’s Ministry of Hydrocarbons in 2013 to 2015.

(The story was corrected to show the country is the Republic of Congo and not the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first paragraph)

Reporting by Emilio Parodi, writing by Stephen Jewkes

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