Taiwan frigate scandal informant'contacts French judges'

19th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 17 (AFP) - French investigators have opened an inquiry after two anonymous letters were sent to magistrates investigating allegations of a massive kickback scandal involving the sale of warships to Taiwan, a newspaper reported Saturday.

PARIS, July 17 (AFP) - French investigators have opened an inquiry after two anonymous letters were sent to magistrates investigating allegations of a massive kickback scandal involving the sale of warships to Taiwan, a newspaper reported Saturday.  

No immediate confirmation was available.   

Magistrates Renaud Van Ruymbeke and Dominique de Talance have been looking into the circumstances surrounding the sale in 1991 of six frigates to what Beijing regards as a renegade Chinese province.  

The deal was concluded for USD 2.8 billion (EUR 2.25 billion) but millions of dollars are alleged to have been paid in kickbacks and commissions in Taiwan, China and France.  

The newspaper, Le Monde said in its Sunday-Monday edition that the judges had received a CD-ROM as well as two letters focussing on a Luxembourg-based financial company Clearstream, which give details of accounts and transfers involving millions of dollars. A former senior executive of the company that sold the frigates is said to be named.  

Clearstream has denied any suggestion that it has acted improperly.

 

© AFP

 

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