UK is most corrupt country in the world, says mafia expert Roberto Saviano

‘It’s not the bureaucracy, it’s not the police, it’s not the politics but what is corrupt is the financial capital’

Journalist Roberto Saviano spent more than a decade exposing the criminal dealings of the Italian Mafia Getty

Journalist Roberto Saviano spent more than a decade exposing the criminal dealings of the Italian Mafia Getty

by Peter Yeung

Britain is the most corrupt country in the world, according to journalist Roberto Saviano, who spent more than a decade exposing the criminal dealings of the Italian Mafia.

Mr Saviano, who wrote the best-selling exposés Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero, made the comments at the Hay Literary Festival. The 36-year-old has been living under police protection since publishing revelations about members of the Camorra, a powerful Neapolitan branch of the mafia, in 2006.

He told an audience at Hay-on-Wye: “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.

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