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Orsi out at Finmeccanica

Photo courtesy of Finmeccanica USAThe chairman and CEO of Italian defense giant Finmeccanica, Giuseppe Orsi, has resigned following his arrest Tuesday for alleged illegal payments overseas.

He has also left Finmeccanica’s board, according to a report from Reuters.

Orsi is under investigation for bribes to Indian officials when he led AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Finmeccanica.

Italian police questioned him Friday. Earlier they had searched Orsi’s home and several offices at AgustaWestland near Milan.

Three other executives from AgustaWestland are under house arrest in the probe.

Orsi has led Finmeccanica since 2011. The Italian government owns about 30 percent of the company.

The alleged bribes are connected with a contract awarded in 2010 to produce a dozen helicopters for use by India’s political leaders. The sale was valued at €560 million, or $750 million.

Orsi has denied the bribery allegations.

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