Czech suspicion over Swedish warplanes deal

A former head of the Czech army has fuelled suspicions of corruption over a Swedish fighter aircraft deal, by saying senior military staff were not informed about how decisions were reached.

Prosecutors in Sweden are investigating whether manufacturer Saab was involved in allegations of bribery surrounding efforts to sell 24 Gripen aircraft in 2001, and allegations of corruption have also been levelled at Saab’s partner in the joint venture, British company, BAE systems.

The Czech government decided to lease some of the planes instead and last week Swedish Television claimed it had uncovered evidence of secret payments linked to the deals.

Some Czech politicans have also said the whole thing was suspicious from the very start, with just one participant in a ”so-called tender” and very high prices being demanded”.

Czech Police have also reopened their bribery investigation which was dropped in 2003.

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