Friday, June 17, 2011

Swedish group comes clean about arms deal bribes

Lusanda Bill
17 June 2011


Swedish defence group Saab has admitted that millions-of-Rands in bribes had been paid to clinch a South African contract for fighter jets.

The company cleared itself by saying former British partner BAE Systems had made the payments.

Saab says BAE had paid 24-million-Rands in the form of bonuses and salaries between 2003 and 2005 for the deal involving 26 JAS Gripen fighters.

A Swedish television channel reported that it had evidence that Saab had promised to pay Fana Hlongwane, then adviser to late defence minister Joe Modise, millions in bonuses if South Africa did not back out of the Gripen deal.

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