Ex-Ferrari employees guilty of espionage
|By Michele Lostia and Pablo Elizalde||Tuesday, April 24th 2007, 10:39 GMT|
Former Ferrari employees Mauro Iacconi and Angelo Santini have been found guilty of industrial espionage by a Modena court in the Toyota spying case.
Iacconi and Santini, who worked for Toyota after their tenure at Maranello, were charged with espionage, including unauthorised access to Ferrari's computers and misappropriation of files.
Both men were dismissed from Toyota before the case was made public.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reports that, on Monday, Santini was sentenced to nine months in prison for disclosing trade secrets.
Iacconi, meanwhile, got one year and four months for misappropriation of a CD-ROM with data, files and technical drawings received from Santini.
Both men had their sentences suspended and their lawyers announced they will appeal.
Toyota had no comments on the verdict.
"The judgement in Italy does not involve Toyota," said Toyota team president John Howett. "It is probably inappropriate to comment on a judgement in which we are not involved and where the individuals involved have indicated that they will appeal."