Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Courts in India looking into bribery scandal at Finmeccanica


New Delhi, February 25 - Indian courts began a
preliminary investigation Monday into alleged bribes paid by
Italy's AgustaWestland helicopter maker to land a lucrative
contract with the Indian government.
The probe was announced by the Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI), which last week obtained documents from
authorities in Italy in connection with the case.
AgustaWestland, the helicopter division of defence giant
Finmeccanica, said last week that it was cooperating with Indian
authorities in their investigation of an allegedly tainted
helicopter contract involving the purchase of 12 AW-101
Bribery accusations led two weeks ago to the resignation
and arrest of Finmeccanica chief executive officer Giuseppe Orsi
and a threat from the Indian government to completely cancel the
purchase contract.
India has already taken initial steps to cancel the
helicopter contract by freezing payments on the units, two of
which have been delivered and one on the way, pending the
results of the corruption probe.
India's defence ministry also 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.

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