An associate of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been charged in France with receiving bribes worth 30 million euros in a 2002 deal to buy two Scorpene submarines from the French company DCNS (now Naval Group).
PM Razak’s former adviser Abdul Razak Baginda was charged in France on July 18 with "active and passive complicity in corruption" and "misappropriation of corporate assets", the French judicial source told AFP.
It centres on allegations made by Malaysia's opposition that country’s naval needs was sold to French defence giant Thales, which part-owns DCNS, possibly to help land the contract.
As part of the deal, French naval dockyards unit DCN agreed to pay 30 million euros to Thales' Asian unit, Thales International Asia. It is reported that another company, Terasasi, whose main shareholder was Baginda, received an equivalent sum for what was billed as consultancy work, but which investigators believe was really a front for kickbacks.
The investigation is also looking at the allegations that DCNS paid commission of more than 114 million euros ($142 million) to a purported shell company, Perimekar, linked to Baginda.
Four French defence industry executives have already been charged since the investigation began. They are two former chairmen of DCNI, Philippe Japiot and Dominique Castellan, and two former heads of Thint Asia, Bernard Baiocco and Jean-Paul Perrier. All four men deny the charges against them.
Malaysian Air Forces 20-year-old F/A-18D Hornet fighter jet fleet has recently undergone a comprehensive upgrade that includes AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles, Joint Direct Attack Munitions besides targetng and cueing systems . The programme was carried out in phases to enhance the Hornets combat effectiveness in its primary tasking in the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles,
Malaysia has dropped plans to buy new multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) to replace its aging MiG-29 fighters and will look at upgrading its aerial surveillance capabilities to counter militancy threats. Malaysia has shelved those plans for now as it looks to boost aerial surveillance that will be critical in its fight against militancy; Reuters reported quoting defense ministry sources as saying Friday
Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have launched a Trilateral Air Patrol at the Subang Air Base in Malaysia on Wednesday. The TAP is a follow-up of the Trialteral Cooperative Arrangement between the three countries
France has pitched for a wide-ranging military contract with Belgium including the sale of Rafale fighter jets manufactured by Dassault Aviation. The Rafale, manufactured by Frances Dassault Aviation, is competing on the Belgian contract with Lockheed Martin's F-16, Boeing F/A-18, Eurofighter Typhoon and Swedens Saab Grippen,
France has decided to arm its surveillance drones in West Africa as part of counter-terrorism operations against IS militants, Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Tuesday. The decision will initially apply only to the six unarmed Reaper surveillance drones that France bought from the United States
The Royal Malaysian Navy has launched first home built Littoral Combat Ship 'KD Maharaja Lela' at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut Thursday. The RM9 billion LCS took one and half years to complete at the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) base, after its keel was laid down in March of last year,
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