Saab hit by new South Africa bribery probe
TT/The Local · 29 Jan 2009, 08:27
Published: 29 Jan 2009 08:27 GMT+01:00
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The allegations have prompted calls from Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu to tear up the deal.
The documents were made public following the execution of a search warrant at Sanip in November.
The search warrant was granted in order to investigate several transactions between the company and an advisor to the man who was South Africa’s defence minister at the time the deal was signed.
The new bribery allegations against Saab have caused Tutu to call for the whole deal to be abandoned.
He claims Sweden acted recklessly and pressured South Africa to buy the Gripen aircraft.
A betrayal, Tutu says in an interview with Sveriges Television (SVT).
“They held the bribes out there like a carrot. Of course we could have said no, theoretically, but when you’ve been poor for a very long time and someone offers you 20 million…,” Tutu said to SVT.
Tutu’s goal is to ensure the deal is thoroughly investigated, which may complicate life for Jacob Zuma, likely to become South Africa’s new president, as he is suspected of taking bribes in the deal.