Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

India confirms Finmeccanica copter payment freeze


New Delhi, February 14 - India on Thursday confirmed
it had frozen payment on a batch of helicopters from
Finmeccanica pending the results of a corruption probe in which
the Italian defence giant's CEO was arrested.
The Indian defence ministry said it had suspended "all
future payments" to Finmeccanica's copter unit AugustaWestland
after the arrest of Giuseppe Orsi, who has since been replaced.
The ministry said it had asked Finmeccanica's new CEO,
Alessandro Pansa, for any information he might be able to
provide on suspected bribes in the 12-copter deal.
Two of the craft have been delivered and one is on the way.
Finmeccanica is Italy's biggest defence contractor and a
major world player, employing some 70,000 people.
Media magnate Silvio Berlusconi, who was premier when the
deal went through in 2010, said bribes to secure contracts "in
the third world" were only to be expected and accused
Finmeccanica's critics of "facile moralism".

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