Judges are preparing to question the son of Italy’s last king. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy was arrested last week as part of an inquiry into corruption and prostitution. He is one of 13 people being held in a prison in the south of the country.
Italian authorities have kept him behind bars because they fear he may try to flee the country. Italy’s Justice Minister has called for tougher laws to prevent the media from intruding on people’s privacy after wiretaps of discussions about sex, money and power were published. But journalist unions have rejected the calls, saying editors should honour existing codes of professional ethics but be careful not to muzzle freedom of information.
Prosecutors say a network of rigged slot machines and high-class prostitutes was uncovered in the Italian enclave of Campione d’Italia near the Swiss border. 69-year-old Victor Emmanuel, who lived in exile in Switzerland until three years ago, says he is innocent.
Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Prosecutor’s Office is investigating reports that former Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, a cousin of the Italian Prince, is also involved in the scandal.