PIA Sacks its German CEO Bernd Hildenbrand Amid Graft Charges
The German chief executive of Pakistan's cash-strapped national carrier PIA was on Saturday sacked amid corruption charges, media reports said.
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Islamabad: The German chief executive of Pakistan's cash-strapped national carrier PIA was on Saturday sacked amid corruption charges, media reports said.
Hildenbrand, who on April 6 had gone on a 15-day leave, was put on the exit control list and barred from travelling abroad following the initiation of a probe into corruption charges against him.
"My conscience is clear. I haven't done anything wrong. There's no question of any corruption on my part," he said. "Whatever I did was to the best of my ability and in the best interest of PIA. All major transactions were made with the approval of Board of Directors and according to the rules," 'The News International' reported.
Apparently the airline acquired a plane from Sri Lankan Airlines at USD 8,000 per hour, while another airline had acquired the same type of plane at USD 4,000 per hour. Hildenbrand was also barred from leaving the country in December 2016 after a controversy erupted when the national airline sold a flight-worthy aircraft (A-310) to a German museum at throwaway price.
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