HELSINKI Dec 18 A bribery case that has
resulted in Slovenia's prime minister being put on trial widened
on Tuesday with the Finnish prosecutor saying the former CEO of
defence group Patria and four others were charged with bribing
Slovenia ordered 135 armoured vehicles from Patria in 2006
for 278 million euros ($365.9 million), but the deal was
scrapped in September following corruption allegations.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa is on trial in
Ljubljana with four co-defendants charged with bribery in
connection with the deal. He has denied any wrongdoing.
The prosecutor general's office said Patria employees had
promised or paid commissions through intermediaries to Slovenian
officials, including Jansa.
It said the alleged bribes amounted to at least 10 percent
of the total deal value.
The prosecutor general's office also said Patria's former
CEO and another employee are being charged with business
espionage, after they were found to have documents including
trade secrets of an Austrian competitor.
The Finnish government owns around 73 percent of Patria
while European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS)
owns about 27 percent.
($1 = 0.7598 euros)
(Reporting by Terhi Kinnunen; Editing by Michael Roddy)