Thursday, September 28, 2017
The Italian Insider, Professors Arrested on Corruption Charges:
Seven university professors of tax-law have been arrested on charges of corruption as part of a national investigation into rigged competitions for research posts.
The seven academics have been placed under house arrest, while another 22 have been barred from holding university positions and taking part in university work for the next year. On Monday the financial police in Florence carried out more than 150 home searches in public offices, private homes and studios. These measures were put in place by the judge for preliminary investigations at the Tribunale di Firenze.
The investigation began from an initial complaint in which several professors allegedly persuaded a candidate for the National Scientific Enrollment Award on tax-law to withdraw his application in favour of a less-qualified candidate. The GIP, leading the enquiry, has noted that there appears to be “systematic corruption agreements among many professors of tax law” which has led to the issue of qualifications for this award based not on merit but on personal preference.
(Hat Tip: Reuven Avi-Yonah.)