Czech Investigators reported a new development
in one of the country’s most significant corruption allegations, which has been
the subject of a stop and ago investigation since 2003. In 2002, the Czech
government signed a deal for the purchase of 24 Gripen jet fighter aircraft from
the then consortium of BAE Systems and Saab. After failing to receive the
necessary parliamentary support, the deal morphed into the lease of 10 Gripens,
which expires in 2015. The widespread corruption allegations around the deal,
which sparked the long-running investigation by Czech authorities, concerned the
Austrian Count Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly allegedly acting as a middleman for the
BAES and channelling bribes to Eastern European officials, including Czech
officials, to secure the Gripen deals. The Czech investigation was reported to
have stalled due to lack of cooperation of foreign investigators, but
in June 2011 British Prime Minister David Cameron promised renewed cooperation
and on August 8, 2011, such information reportedly materialised in the form of
fresh material from the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
With acknowledgement to
We need reciprocation regarding the RSA Gripen (and
The evidence is there, only the will to use is needed.
The same applies to the Thyssen and Ferrostaal legs.
The same applied to the Thales leg back in the 2000 to 2003 era, but Thabo Mbeki
and Jacques Chirac ensured that the evidence trail was cleaned up - right from
under the noses of Magistrate Edith Boizette and Advocate Gerda Ferreira.