Eni lawyer, 14 others arrested in Italy over OPL 245 scandal

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A popular Italian lawyer working for oil giant Eni, Piero Amara, was arrested alongside 14 other people on Tuesday by Italian investigators over an intricate plan to spy and muddle a number of investigations undertaken including that of OPL 245, infamously known as the Malabu Oil scandal, Premium Times reports.

Mr. Amara is one of Italy’s most influential lawyers who is said to be close to top magistrates. He was arrested for allegedly setting up a fake investigation with the ploy of accessing and muddling confidential documents, in the office of Italy’s Public Prosecutor, relating to several investigations including that of OPL 245.

The 48-year-old environmental lawyer, and his accomplices who included university professors, magistrates and consultants, were arrested by the District Anti-Mafia Directorate headed by Maurizio de Lucia after magistrates in Rome and Messina issued orders of precautionary custody.

Also fingered in the scandal was Massimo Mantovani, Eni’s former chief counsel. Italian newspaper, Repubblica, reports that Mr. Mantovani is alleged to be behind the meddling of the OPL 245 cases. According to the newspaper, his apartment was also searched by investigators.