Samuele Landi’s fingerprints, the 59-year-old Arezzo businessman, fugitive in Dubai, protagonist of the Eutelia accident, sentenced to a total of 14 years (but the latest sentence is not final) for bankruptcy, They correspond to those of the body pulled from the sea in Dubai after the sinking of his barge. The Emirates police, explains lawyer Amedeo Di Segni, Samuele’s defender in the process, informally communicated this to the family, his wife Laura Gallorini and his four eldest children, but there is still no official statement confirming it.
The lawyer, therefore, continues to ask for caution, although, he admits, the clues of a hypothetical tragic end of the former general director of what was the fourth Italian telephone company, which later fell into an extraordinary administration, are increasingly consistent and convergent. . But The result of the DNA test is awaited, the comparative examination with the genetic code taken from one of the children. Queen of evidence for a missing person who was the protagonist of the news and not only judicial. As a young man, Samuele Landi was a skydiver and enduro champion.. He participated five times also in Paris-Dakarthe classic in Africa, together with his friend Fabrizio Meoni, who won the grueling race twice and then died in 2005. Already at the dawn of the investigations, the businessman regularly jumped by parachute.
The maritime accident in which Landi was involved dates back to February 2, ten days ago, which passed without him giving any more news about himself to his family or anyone. The last contact, according to sources close to the family, was precisely that day: A video call with his wife was suddenly interrupted, as if at that very moment the barge had been overwhelmed by the anomalous wave that the survivors speak of, taken out of the water by the coast guard.
The ship was sailing between the continent and Aisland, an artificial island anchored outside Dubai’s territorial waters and exempt from the laws of existing governments, also and above all to its taxes, a kind of floating community equipped with the most modern technologies.
A kind of repetition of the adventure that led Samuele Landi, “locomotive” of a family previously active in the world of insurance, to the creation of Eutelia, born as Plug-it in a garage in Arezzo and later called Eutelia, two thousand employees, listed on the stock exchangeactivities that ranged from traditional telephony (especially premium numbers) to information technologies, with the absorption of a mature sector such as the Italian subsidiary of Bull and a part of Olivetti.
It seemed like the definitive consecration but it was the beginning of the end, accelerated by the sensational investigation of the then prosecutor Roberto Rossi (later chief prosecutor in Arezzo and now general prosecutor in Ancona) that theProposing false accounting, he ordered a maxi registry of the company, its branches and even its air fleet.. It was 2008, IFalse accounting later turned into bankruptcy. after the controlled administration ordered by the Arezzo court.
The trial ended with the final sentence of the now former CEO to eight years (nine in the first instance): One hundred million would have been subtracted from Eutelia’s accounts and transferred to Swiss banks.. Meanwhile, in the summer of 2010, the precautionary custody orders (still bankruptcy) requested and obtained by the Rome prosecutor’s office for the Agile branch, the Capitoline subsidiary of Eutelia, had arrived. Following the arrest warrants from Arezzo.
But Samuele had already moved to Dubai, from where, as a fugitive, he followed the development of the investigations and convictions. The second, six years and six months after the fall of Agile, is not yet final: lawyer Di Segni is preparing the appeal, but he needs Landi’s signature within five days, otherwise the sentence will be final. .
The businessman from Arezzo had long ago become honorary consul of Liberia in Dubai, involved in a major deal, Blue Carbon, to offset carbon dioxide emissions in Africa with carbon credits. Even the prestigious English newspaper had questioned Samuele’s role “The Guardian”, which had defined him as a “criminal convicted in Italy for fraudulent bankruptcy”. The last act, before the shipwreck and its mysteries, of a stormy life.