Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

India scrapping Finmeccanica helicopter contract


New Delhi, February 15 - India on Friday "took
action" to cancel a helicopter contract with the AgustaWestland
unit of Italian defence giant Finmeccanica amid a bribery probe
in which Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi was arrested and forced
to step down, the Indian defence ministry said.
"The Indian defence ministry has started action to cancel
the contract to supply 12 AW-101 helicopters from
AugustaWestland," a statement said.
On Thursday India froze payment on the helicopters, two of
which have been delivered and one is on the way, pending the
results of the corruption probe.
The defence ministry said it had asked Finmeccanica's new
CEO, Alessandro Pansa, for any information he might be able to
provide on suspected bribes.
Finmeccanica is Italy's biggest defence contractor and a
major world player, employing some 70,000 people.
Silvio Berlusconi, who was premier when the deal went
through in 2010, caused a flap Thursday when he said bribes to
secure contracts "in the third world and with some regimes" were
budgeted and accused Finmeccanica's critics of "facile
On Friday the ex-premier denied he used the word "bribes"
and said corruption should be prosecuted.

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