ROME (Reuters) – The Italian luxury house where Italy’s highest-profile murder suspect, Raffaele Sollecito, was found dead last week was once the centre of a high-profile international scandal.
Its former owner, Rome’s former prime minister, was charged in 2015 with murder, and later convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison.
The Sollecsons, who live in a villa outside Rome, were forced to sell their entire fortune and move out of the country after the case was made public.
They were later evicted from the property and later evaded arrest.
Italian prosecutors are seeking the return of their property and the return and extradition of Sollecki, who is on the run from authorities in France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Sollecato was the architect of the massive scheme that brought the former prime ministers Alberto Nisman and Mario Monti together to topple Argentina’s socialist government in 2003, and helped create a political vacuum in the country’s political system.
It has been alleged that he helped facilitate Sollecia’s escape to the United States.
Nisman, then Argentina’s prosecutor general, had a long and contentious relationship with Sollekis lawyer.
The pair met on a yacht at the height of the “Ponzi” financial scandal in 2006, and the pair were seen together in the Bahamas in 2013.
Narcotics and money laundering charges were dropped in 2015, and prosecutors said the couple were now cooperating with authorities.
The Italian government has not publicly commented on the case.