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Submarine affair: French ex-minister arrested in graft probe

Discussion in 'World Affairs' started by Saifullah Sani, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Saifullah Sani

    Saifullah Sani SENIOR MEMBER

    Apr 15, 2011
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    [​IMG]De Vabres remanded in custody, due to be questioned by the investigating magistrates probing the "Karachi Affair". PHOTO: AFP/FILE

    PARIS: A former French minister was detained Tuesday for questioning over alleged kickbacks on arms deals said to have funded the presidential campaign of a key ally of President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    Donnedieu de Vabres, 57, culture minister between 2004 and 2007, was serving as a senior advisor to then defence minister Francois Leotard in 1994 when a suspect contract to sell French submarines to Pakistan was signed.

    Police sources told AFP that de Vabres had been remanded in custody overnight and was due to be questioned on Wednesday by the investigating magistrates probing the “Karachi Affair”.

    The contract has since become the focus of a graft probe, amid allegations that kickbacks from the deal were used to fund Edouard Balladur’s failed 1995 presidential campaign, for which Sarkozy acted as spokesman.

    There have also been claims that a 2002 bombing in Karachi that killed 11 French naval engineers was carried out by Pakistani agents in revenge for the cancellation of bribes secretly promised to officials.

    Sarkozy has denied any knowledge of illegal contributions to Balladur’s campaign, but the long-running investigation has tainted his preparations to stand for re-election next year with scandal.

    Three more people have already been charged with graft in the investigation: alleged middleman Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine and two former close political aides to Sarkozy.
    Submarine affair: French ex-minister arrested in graft probe – The Express Tribune
  2. Ziras


    Aug 30, 2010
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    that means the end of spare parts supply to pakistani subs....