Prosecutors investigate Saab over bribery claims

The Swedish aerospace and defence company has been dragged into bribery allegations surrounding British manufacturer BAE systems’ dealings in the Czech Republic.

It is reported government prosecutors in Sweden are looking at Saab’s involvement in efforts to secure a deal worth almost 3 billion US dollars to sell 24 Gripen combat Aircraft to the Czech military.

BAE Systems has a 20 per cent stake in Saab and the two companies teamed up on a 50-50 joint venture for the deal in 2001, which was later cancelled.

Swedish Chief Prosecutor Christer Van der Kwast told Britain’s the Financial Times that the main issue concerns BAE systems, but they want to know if Saab took part in any bribes which may have been paid.

The Financial Times reports that Saab says BAE did all the marketing, but they will do ”everything they can to answer any questions”. Czech Police say they will also look into the allegations surrounding BAE Systems.

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