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AgustaWestland implicated in Swedish corruption probe

Sweden's anti-corruption authorities said that they had launched an inquiry into the Swedish Maritime Administration's purchase of helicopters from AgustaWestland.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:June 19, 2015, 10:32 AM IST
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AgustaWestland implicated in Swedish corruption probe
Sweden's anti-corruption authorities said that they had launched an inquiry into the Swedish Maritime Administration's purchase of helicopters from AgustaWestland.
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Stockholm : Sweden's anti-corruption authorities said on Friday that they had launched an inquiry into the Swedish Maritime Administration's 2012 purchase of seven rescue helicopters from Italian maker AgustaWestland.

"I can confirm that I have launched a preliminary

investigation," anti-corruption prosecutor Robert Engstedt

said, refusing to disclose further details.

A Swedish television programme, Uppdrag Granskning

(Assignment Investigation), reported in April that the deal

between government agency SMA and AgustaWestland, worth $120

million (108 million euros), was sewn up in advance of a

public tender, which is illegal in Sweden.

It alleged that the 2012 deal was set up through private

emails on Hotmail accounts directly between management at the

two organisations.

The SMA said Swedish police had raided their offices

early Wednesday, seizing documents and IT material.

"We welcome the authorities' initiative and are

collaborating with the authorities to swiftly provide all the

material requested," it said in a statement.

AgustaWestland is owned by Italian group Finmeccanica.

Last year, India cancelled a 556-million-euro deal to buy

12 luxury helicopters from AgustaWestland after Italian

investigators began looking into accusations that the company

paid bribes to win the contract in 2010.

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