A world-renowned expert on the Italian mafia, journalist Roberto Saviano, says the UK is “the most corrupt country in the world”.
Saviano has spent more than a decade exposing the criminal dealings of the Italian Mafia.
Speaking at Britains Hay festival, the anti-mafia journalist said British financial services made the UK the world’s most corrupt nation
He told the audience : “If I asked you what is the most corrupt place on Earth, you might well tell me 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. Ninety percent of the owners of capital in London have their headquarters offshore,” he added.
The UK is Europe’s “criminal capital” when it comes to allowing corruption, the journalist believes, with the trust funds in Jersey and British Overseas Territory the Cayman Islands being its “access gates.”
“That is why it is important, why it is so crucial for me to be here today and to talk to you because I want to tell you, this is about you, this is about your life, this is about your government,” the journalist told the audience.
36 year old Saviano has been living under armed police protection for more than 10 years after after he revealed secrets of Italy’s Camorra mafia clan in two written exposés, Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero