Tuesday, October 20, 2020

French ex-president Francois Hollande testified in Brazil fighter jet corruption probe

-

Former French President Francois Hollande was questioned by police in France earlier this month as a witness in a Brazilian corruption investigation into a deal to buy combat jets, a source close to the politician said.

Hollande’s predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy refused to be questioned as part of the same probe, according to France’s Canard Enchaine newspaper, which first reported on Tuesday that the ex-presidents had been asked to testify in the affair.

“The meeting did indeed take place,” the source close to Hollande said of the Socialist’s exchange with police on July 4.

Sarkozy’s aides did not respond to a request for comment.

- Advertisement -

The case centers on Brazil’s purchase of Gripen fighter jets from Sweden’s Saab in 2013, when Dilma Rousseff was in power. The Swedish plane beat Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet and France’s Rafale, produced by Dassault Aviation.

Brazilian prosecutors are investigating whether Roussef’s predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva used his influence over his hand-picked successor in government to help Saab win the tender.

The French elements stems from the ultimately unsuccessful negotiations between the Brazilian government and France’s former leaders to buy the jets from Dassault in the years preceding the Saab agreement.

Hollande and Sarkozy were asked to testify as part of Lula’s defense, the Canard Enchaine added. Lula’s lawyers have said he had no role in the Gripen purchase.

- Advertisement -

The former Brazilian president began serving a 12-year prison sentence last year on a corruption and money-laundering conviction, which was later reduced to eight years.

Rousseff is not accused of any wrongdoing in the fighter jet case.

MUST READ

Ex-managers of Security firm pleads guilty in Santa Clara County concealed gun permit bribery scandal

Two former managers of a Silicon Valley international security firm pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to a bribery scheme to obtain concealed firearms...

Ohio former House Speaker Larry Householder to stand for reelection amid bribery charges

Republican Rep. Larry Householder’s name will be on the ballot Election Day as the disgraced Ohio lawmaker intends to serve his district for another...

Billionaire Robert Smith to Pay $140 million after admitting to tax evasion

Billionaire Robert Smith will pay about $140 million and acknowledge wrongdoing to end a four-year U.S. tax investigation involving assets held in offshore tax...

Mexico’s ex-army chief arrested in US on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering

Former Mexican Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country’s armed forces for six years under then-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested...

Texas billionaire Robert Brockman charged in $2 billion tax evasion case

Robert Brockman, the Houston billionaire and CEO of a software company, has been charged with taking $2 billion through a scheme to evade taxes,...
Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest News

This Week

US arrests members of international money laundering group QQAAZZ

The US Department of Justice has unsealed charges against 14 members of an international money laundering group known as QQAAZZ. US authorities said the group...

Federal prosecutors seek 24-30 months in prison for ex-Cincinnati Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard in bribery case

Because of the seriousness of the bribery scheme in which she was involved, former Cincinnati Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard should go to federal prison for 24 to...

German prosecutors fine Deutsche Bank $15.9m, drops money laundering probe

German prosecutors said on Tuesday they were dropping a money-laundering investigation against managers at Deutsche Bank DBKGn.DE, over its relations with Danske Bank's DANSKE.CO Estonian subsidiary, citing...

Chess grandmaster banned for cheating in competition

A disgraced chess grandmaster, banned from tournaments after he was caught cheating by using a phone while sitting on a toilet, has been seen...
Advertisement

Adblock Detected!

Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. Please consider supporting us by whitelisting our website.

Enable Notifications    Ok No thanks