VIENNA Austria might broaden a lawsuit towards Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium to U.S. and British courts, alleging wilful deception and fraud connected to its 2003 order for jet fighters well worth virtually two billion euro ($two.1 billion).
On Feb. 16, Austria’s protection ministry announced it would sue Airbus and Eurofighter in Austria, accusing them of deceptive Vienna about the buy price tag, deliverability and tools of the jets. The incurred hurt could volume to 1.1 billion euros.
On Friday, a spokesman for the protection ministry verified a report by Austrian newspaper Kurier. He stated:
“From the viewpoint of compliance principles in British and U.S. American law, there are indications that the jurisdiction of English and U.S. American authorities could be justified thanks to the numerous offset specials with U.S. American parties.”
Airbus experienced before stated it denied the accusations vigorously. The enterprise could not instantly be achieved for comment on a probable broadening of the lawsuit.
The protection ministry has stated it experienced discovered Airbus and the consortium illegally billed virtually 10 p.c of the buy price tag of 1.ninety six billion euros for so-named offset specials.
Such specials, which contain operate getting specified to community businesses, were element of the agreement, but their expense must have been noted independently, it has stated in a report.
“It is not ruled out that following finishing investigations, generating a ask for to the English or U.S. American authorities may be considered,” the ministry spokesman stated on Friday.
He added the ministry was working with U.S. law agency Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Austrian prosecutors begun investigations into the case on Thursday.
(Reporting By Shadia Nasralla,editingby Larry King)