Parmalat fraud trial opens without founder

The main fraud trial of the 55 defendants involved in the collapse of Italian
dairy giant
has started in Parma, but without the group’s founder Calisto Tanzi appearing
in court.

The lawyers for Tanzi said he would appear for later hearings even though his
health was ‘precarious’. Gianpiero Biancolella, one of the defence lawyers, said
Tanzi was ‘at home, being a grandfather’, The Times reports.

The lawyers said Tanzi had ‘assumed his responsibilities’ and ‘offered his
apologies’, but noted that ‘all those who contributed to making savers the
victims must be held accountable’.

The trial, a merger of five smaller trials into one main trial, which is
expected to last up to three years because of its complexity, has been
adjourned until May.

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