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Arms cash

BAE's foreign interests

Issue No. 2188

  • Chile – BAE secretly paid £1 million to General Pinochet in return for help over arms deals.
  • Romania – The 2003 sale of two ex-Royal Navy frigates saw payments of £7 million in “secret commissions” to clinch the £116 million ship refurbishment deal.
  • Czech Republic – The 2003 sale of Gripen fighter aircraft to the Czech Republic saw the CIA, rival arms companies and the Czech police confirm bribery attempts by BAE.
  • Qatar – After the sale of UK arms to Qatar in 1996, BAE paid a £7 million “commission” into three Jersey trust funds under the control of Qatar’s foreign minister.


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