ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday he would not comment on the Nigeria graft case that involves state-controlled Eni but said he respected the major’s Chief Executive.
On Monday a judge said Eni, headed by Claudio Descalzi, was fully aware a 2011 purchase of a Nigerian oilfield would result in corrupt payments to Nigerian politicians and officials.
“I won’t comment... I hold Descalzi in esteem,” Salvini said.
Reporting by Angelo Amante, writing by Stephen Jewkes