Lawyers for former Atlantia CEO express 'disbelief and concern' over his house arrest

FILE PHOTO: Atlantia CEO Giovanni Castellucci attends the 2018 Reuters Breakingviews Predictions event in Milan, Italy, January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

ROME (Reuters) - Lawyers for former Atlantia ATL.MI Chief Executive Giovanni Castellucci expressed "disbelief and concern" for the manager's house arrest on Wednesday, according to a statement.

Italian police on Wednesday put under house arrest three former managers at Atlantia’s motorway unit Autostrade per l’Italia, including Castellucci, and slapped prohibitory measures against three current executives at the group.

The lawyers reiterated that the probe that led to the arrest was related to motorway sound barriers and that reports that linking it to the 2018 deadly Genoa bridge collapse were “inappropriate”.

Castellucci’s lawyers pledged full collaboration with the magistrates working on the investigations, “with full confidence that (these) will show that Castellucci acted correctly”.

Reporting by Stefano Bernabei and Francesca Landini, writing by Giulia Segreti; editing by Agnieszka Flak