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The Turku Court of Appeal has rejected charges of aggravated bribery against four executives of the defence company Patria on Tuesday. The heads of Patria, a majority state-owned defence contractor, were accused of paying bribes to Slovenian officials in connection with an armoured-vehicle deal.
The motivation behind the appeal was to clarify incidents leading up to the deal between Patria management and the Slovenian government. The case concerned Patria’s sale of 135 AMV armoured vehicles to Slovenia in 2006.
In its decision, the court said it wasn’t proven that a fee paid to Slovenia’s Austrian consulting firm, from top officials at Patria, was a bribe.
The original article can be found at yle.fi