Finally, Scorpene returns with a sting!

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Scorpene and the French Judicial Inquiry

Witch Hunt: Going after SUARAM (for pursuing the Scorpene Affair)

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Altantuya and Scorpene

The affair emerged spectacularly in 2006, when Abdul Razak’s Mongolian mistress, who was said to have demanded a payoff for working as a language translator in the deal, was shot dead and her body blown up with plastic explosives near Kuala Lumpur.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2017/07/19/france-indicts-two-former-executives-in-scorpene-graft-case/

19 July 2017

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France charges 2 former bosses in Scorpene graft case

July 19, 2017

This comes after a long-running probe into alleged kickbacks from the 2002 sale of the submarines to Malaysia in response to a complaint by Malaysian rights group Suaram.
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PARIS: French investigators have indicted two former top executives in a long-running probe into alleged kickbacks from the 2002 sale of submarines to Malaysia, sources close to the inquiry said Tuesday.

The two are Philippe Japiot, former chairman of the French naval dockyards unit DCNI, and Jean-Paul Perrier, former chief executive of the French defence and electronics giant Thales, they said.

The two, interviewed in May, have both been indicted for corruption, one of the sources said.

Japiot has additionally been indicted for “abuse of social assets” and Perrier for “complicity in the abuse of social assets,” one of the sources said.

The investigation was launched in 2010 in response to a complaint by Malaysian rights group Suaram.

It centres on allegations that the French submarine maker paid commission of more than €114 million (RM560 million based on current exchange rate) to a purported shell company linked to Abdul Razak Baginda, a former close associate of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Najib was defence minister when the US$1.1-billion deal for two Scorpene-class submarines was sealed.

From 2001 to 2007, Japiot headed the DCNI, the international branch of France’s centuries-old naval shipbuilding operations, which changed its name last month from DCNS to Naval Group.

The French state holds just under two-thirds of Naval Group, and Thales slightly more than a third.

Two other people are under investigation in France in the same case: Dominique Castellan, also a former DCNI president, and Bernard Baiocco, former president of Thales International Asia.

All four deny any wrongdoing and the Malaysian government has said the contract was free of corruption.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2017/07/19/france-indicts-two-former-executives-in-scorpene-graft-case/

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Two French execs charged with graft over Scorpene sale

French investigators have charged two former top executives with corruption over alleged kickbacks from the 2002 sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to Malaysia, according to sources close to the long-running inquiry.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today that the two are Phillippe Japiot, former chairperson of French naval dockyards unit DCNI and Jean-Paul Perrier (in photo above), former chief executive of the French defence and electronics giant Thales.

It also reported that one of the sources said Japiot has also been indicted for “abuse of social assets” and Perrier for “complicity in the abuse of social assets.

The investigation was launched in 2010, after a complaint was filed by Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) in France in November 2009.

The investigation was to determine if a former president of French defence group, Thales International Asia, had paid kickbacks to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak via his former close associate, Abdul Razak Baginda, for a contract to supply two Scorpene submarines to Malaysia.

Najib was defence minister when the sale of the two submarines took place, through a joint venture between Thales and fellow defence company DCN.

Razak Baginda, Najib and former Thales president Bernard Baiocco have denied the allegations.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/389024

April 2013

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Hong Kong, France join forces on Scorpene Case

Published on Apr 23, 2013

Voice over: Anisah Shukry


Free Malaysia Today

Hong Kong, France join forces on Scorpene case

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Anisah Shukry | April 23, 2013

Terasasi, the Hong-Kong based firm owned by Abdul Razak, is now in the international spotlight as two countries probe it for kickbacks and money-laundering, says Suaram.

PETALING JAYA: French and Hong Kong authorities are working together to expose corruption by Malaysian-owned firm Terasasi, which is involved in the multi-billion purchase of Scorpene submarines.

Human rights NGO Suaram said that a list of those who received kickbacks from Terasasi would be disclosed soon by the French courts.

Terasasi is based in Hong Kong and owned by Abdul Razak Baginda, who was acquitted in 2008 of the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu.

“No one ever really knew the role Terasasi played, nor that it was owned by Abdul Razak Baginda and his father. Now Hong Kong is working with the court in France to come up with a list of recipients of kickbacks,” Cynthia Gabriel, who is Suaram director, told a packed press conference here today.

“It’s not just kickbacks and bribery, but it also involves money laundering. That is what is being investigated, although we can’t disclose who exactly the investigating authorities are,” she added.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2013/04/23/hong-kong-france-join-forces-on-scorpene-case

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