Saturday, March 26, 2011

Slovenia Cancels Controversial Armored Vehicle Deal with Patria

The Slovenian government has decided to cancel the nation’s controversial armoured vehicle order from the Finnish defence contractor Patria.

The cabinet's decision on Thursday was unanimous.

The majority-state-owned Patria said late Thursday that it had not been informed of any change to the deal.

In 2006, Slovenia agreed to buy 135 armoured vehicles from Patria. The contract was worth nearly 280 million euros.

Patria executives are suspected of bribing Slovenian leaders to secure the deal.

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