Italian Parliamentary question about the 2018 helicopter contract in Doha
There are hypotheses "millionaire tributes from Leonardo to Qatar for green light to billionaire order"
Presented by Senator Luigi Vitali (FI)
The Italian Chamber of Deputies website reports the following:
"To the ministers of Defense and Economy and Finance.
from press sources (article published in 'Il Fatto Quotidiano' newspaper on January 8, 2020) we learn of a dense correspondence between Leonardo SpA in the person of the CEO Alessandro Profumo and the Brigadier General of Qatar Mishwat Faisal Al Hajr, who has led to the signing of a government contract on March 14, 2018 in Doha, in the presence of the pro-tempore Minister of Defense, Roberta Pinotti;
it is also known that Qatar has bought sixteen NH-90 TTH land-based helicopters, twelve NH-90 NFH for naval missions, plus dozens of options and related services up to a total value of EUR 3 billions;
the same sources reveal that Leonardo would have given, through the subscription of a so-called addendum, numerous benefits to Qatar, never disclosed in the financial report on December 31, 2018: 16 H-125 training helicopters, which will be paid by Leonardo, for an estimated value in EUR 80 millions; three AW-109 helicopters for the transport of important personalities (including the provision of two pilots at Leonardo's expense in Europe) worth 19.5 millions; EUR 20,650,000 of guaranteed expenses fund for Qatari students and for management at the expense of Leonardo; another 19 helicopters given away to obtain the go-ahead for the purchase of 28 helicopters worth 3 billions and presumably to obtain the role of first place;
the amount of all these gifts exceeds EUR 120 millions;
the accusation of international corruption against the former CEO of AgustaWestland, Giuseppe Orsi, is known regarding the story on the supply of helicopters to India. The trial involved the alleged payment of a bribe to the Chief of Staff of the Indian Air Force, Sashi Tyagi, to obtain the company a € 556 million contract for 12 AW-101 helicopters in the Asian country, disguised as a sort of 'corporate philosophy', as deemed by the judge for preliminary investigations in the custodial order,
asked to know:
whether the addressing ministers are aware of the situation;
whether they believe that the conduct by the State company is ethically and legally correct;
though in this case it has been observed with transparency fees imposed by the former law legislation n. 231 of 2001;
if they intend to stigmatize the behaviors by the Leonardo SpA management, and what initiatives they intend to adopt to avoid the occurrence of such episodes for the future and if these behaviors can cause diplomatic consequences in military supplies in the Persian Gulf countries". (3-01332)
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