The Kuwait investigation on a contract helicopters entered into with Airbus


DUBAI (Reuters) – Kuwait said on Wednesday it had ordered the opening of an investigation about a contract of one billion euro allocated to european aircraft manufacturer Airbus (PA:AIR), for the supply of his army of the air of 30 military helicopters Caracal.

This announcement comes as the aircraft manufacturer is already facing multiple investigations related to certain contracts, a situation that has plunged the group into one of the most serious crises of governance in its history.

The French ministry of Defense had announced in August 2016 the contract by the Kuwait. It was as a result of a participation of François Hollande, the president of the Republic, at the summit of the countries of the Gulf, held in may 2016.

The national news agency of Kuwait Kuna quoted the minister of government Affairs Anas al-Saleh, saying that the Prime minister, cheikh Djaber al-Mubarak al-Hamad al-Sabah, had asked for an investigation on the contract Caracal.

“It has been decided to transfer the case of the contract helicopters Caracal at the national commission on anti-corruption, to review and to take all measures taken in his regard,” added the agency Kuna.

The Prime minister also said that he had been asked the audit bureau of the State to verify all the documents associated with the contracts and submit a report to the government.

(Omar Fahmy in Cairo, Benoit Van Overstraeten for the French service)

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