(MENAFN- Morocco World News) Britain is the most corrupt country in the world, says Roberto Saviano, a journalist who spend more than a decade exposing the criminal dealings of the Italian Mafia, according to the Independent.
Saviano made these comments at the Hay Literary Festival, stating that 'If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth you might tell me well it's Afghanistan, maybe Greece, Nigeria, the South of Italy and I will tell you it's the UK.' 'It's not the bureaucracy, it's not the police, it's not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital. 90 per cent of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore,' Saviano told the audience at the Hay Literary Festival. Saviano, who wrote the best-selling exposes Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero has been living under police protection since publishing information about members of the Camorra, a powerful Neopolitan branch of the mafia, in 2006. The UK ranked 10th in Transparency International'sCorruption Perceptions Index 2015. It measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide. Saviano also commented on the EU referendum debate, arguing that a vote to leave the EU would make the UK even more exposed to the organized crime. 'Leaving the EU means allowing this to take place. It means allowing the Qatari societies, the Mexican cartels, the Russian Mafia to gain even more power and HSBC has paid 2 billion Euros in fines to the US government, because it confessed that it had laundered money coming from the cartels and the Iranian companies,' said Saviano. 'We have proof, we have evidence.'
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