JAS Gripen jets flying over Capetown in 1998. Archive photo: PRB

Corruption investigation hearings begin in South Africa

In South Africa, hearings begin today in a corruption investigation into a South African weapons deal at the end of the ´90s, in which the Swedish defense company, Saab, was involved selling fighter planes to the country.

A number of investigations looking into the multi-billion kronor deal over the years have been closed, including in Sweden. The current investigation in South Africa has had its own fair share of problems. Last week, information came out that the leader of the preliminary investigation in South Africa was on the way out. Days before, a judge in the commission resigned for what was described as "personal reasons."

At the end of the 90s, Sweden and other countries entered into a weapons deal with South Africa. For Sweden's part, this meant selling 26 JAS Gripen fighter planes with certain conditions for offset agreements.

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