di Riccardo D'Andrea
Rome, January 25 - Italy's corruption levels, estimated to be on par with Bosnia, are an embarrassment, according to comments made on Friday in an official speech by Ernesto Lupo, chief president of the Court of Cassation. Lupo, who was presenting an official report on the state of the Italian Justice system, was referring to a recent Transparency International report on international corruption levels released in December. He called the status awarded to Italy "mortifying", adding that "many non-European nations, even third world ones" had overtaken the eurozone's third largest economy in terms of lower corruption levels. Italy slid three notches to 72nd place in Transparency International's 2012 Corruption Perception Index released in December. On a 100-point scale, the country scored 42, well behind countries such as Namibia and Rwanda, according to the Berlin-based NGO, which measured perceived levels of public-sector corruption in 176 countries and territories around the world. Greece, which fell to 94th place, and Italy were seen as having suffered from increased corruption amid the global economic crisis.