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The man who bribed Indians for Israeli arms sales

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009

According to the reports, Choudrie and companies he owns are suspected of receiving large illegal commissions from billion-dollar arms deals involving Israeli arms sales to the Indian armed forces.

During the past year, Israel has overtaken France into second place (after Russia) in terms of arms supplies to India. In nearly 15 years of close defense collaboration between the two countries, Israel has sold arms, technical knowledge and advanced systems worth about $8 billion to New Delhi. During the past three years the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has conducted two major investigations against Choudrie and other arms dealers, who are suspected of receiving illegal commissions from Israeli firms, which they then supposedly used to bribe senior officials in the Indian army and navy. The deals, which were signed over a decade ago, also allegedly involved former Indian defense minister George Fenandes and concerned upgrading Indian artillery by the Israeli gun maker Soltam, and the sales of Barak sea-based air-defense missiles made by Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael.

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