January 29, 2009

Tutu reacts to Saab bribery case

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu called for South Africa to tear up a defense contract with a Saab Aerospace subsidiary under investigation for bribery.

The investigation concerns Saab subsidiary Sanip and the 1999 sale of JAS Gripen combat aircraft to South Africa, the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra reported Thursday.

They held the bribes out there like a carrot. Of course we could have said no, theoretically, but when you've been poor for a very long time and someone offers you 20 million "¦ Tutu said.

Jacob Zuma, deemed likely to become the next president of South Africa, is suspected of taking bribes in the deal, the news agency said.