Today, July 17th, a Milan court convicted Marco Tronchetti Provera, the chairman of tyre maker Pirelli, to a 20-month suspended jail sentence.
Provera was accused of using Telecom Italia’s data to spy on Italy’s elite. He is one of the most prominent businessmen in Italia and he was also the head of Telecom Italia beginning with 2001 to 2006. According to the lawsuit he received illegal information, stolen phone data, in 2004. He will have to pay 900,000 euro to Telecom Italia.
One of Tronchetti Provera’s lawyers denied any wrongdoing, adding that the verdict has no logic and that he would appeal. The sentence will not take effect until the appeal process will be exhausted. According to the lawsuit, several Telecom Italia employees have been hired to spy on Italian public figures and steal sensitive data
On another matter, amid growing rumors Michelin could return to the grid, Paul Hembery announced that Pirelli is in fact set to remain F1′s official supplier.
“We have signed agreements with the vast majority of the teams. Within two weeks we should complete all the contracts. So we’re staying in formula one,” said Pirelli’s motor sport director Hembery.