New probe into Gripen deal

Brazilian prosecutors have launched a new probe into suspected payment of bribes concerning Brazil’s purchase of 36 JAS Gripen planes from Saab.

According to the Brazilian paper O Estado de Sao Paolo, the probe is part of a bigger investigation into the suspected illegal payment of around SKr 5.2 million by the jailed lobbyist Mauro Marcondes Machado to a company owned by the son of former Brazilian President Lula da Silva. The paper writes ”documents found at the home of the lobbyist state that Saab asked Lula to endorse support for the Saab deal with President Dilma Rousseff”.