Italy’s centre-left politicians are calling for an inquiry into claims that the Prime Minister has been spied on for the past two years. An investigation by Milan prosecutors has revealed that Romano Prodi and his wife’s tax affairs were checked over a hundred times. As the tax records were checked during Prodi’s campaign for office, there’s widespread speculation among centre-left politicians that they may have been ordered by their centre-right opponents.
Several leading left-wing politicians have described the matter as a “devastating event for democracy.”
Piero Fassino, head of the centre-left’s largest political party said Berlusconi and his former economy minister should now answer to parliament. The claims are the latest in a series of scandals about illegal spying during the reign of Silvio Berlusconi.
But supporters of Italy’s former Prime Minister have been quick to deny there’s been an orchestrated campaign. Gianfranco Fini, leader of the centre-right National Alliance party, says there is no political underworld working behind the scenes: “Anyone found guilty must be punished,” he said, calling for “action to prevent a repeat of anything like this in the future.”
Judicial sources indicate the financial records of other Italian personalities have also been illegally scrutinized, among them politicians and show-business figures.