Jail time for Polish authorities who negotiated Airbus deal?
PR dla Zagranicy
A jail sentence of up to three years could await some of the Polish negotiators involved in the failed Airbus Helicopters deal, as the Polish prosecution opens an investigation.
An Airbus helicopter. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The Regional Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw has revoked a previous decision not to look into the talks.
A politician from the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party had informed the prosecution in Poland that members of the former ruling Civic Platform (PO) party may have rigged the tender in Airbus's favour.
The previous PO-led government rejected offers to supply 50 military helicopters from domestically-based manufacturers in favour of France-based Airbus Helicopters, a decision which was criticised in by PiS.
Meanwhile, PO alerted anti-corruption authorities that PiS may have conducted “activities detrimental to the State Treasury”.
The prosecution's new investigation will look into the whole situation, public Prosecutor Bogdan Święczkowski said.
“The prosecution will look into the whole helicopter purchase procedure, from the negotiation process […] to signing the contract, and then the backing out of the French partner from offset commitments,” Święczkowski said.
Poland had been negotiating the purchase of 50 Caracal-model helicopters from Airbus worth PLN 13.5 bln (EUR 3.2 billion) when the Development Ministry called off the deal, calling it "pointless" in early October. (vb/rg)