Airbus CEO investigated over suspected fraud

The Airbus Chief Executive, Thomas Enders is presently being probed by Vienna prosecutors for suspected fraud in connection with a $US2 billion ($A2.7 billion) Eurofighter jet order by Austria more than a decade ago.

Correspondence reviewed by Reuters listed Enders as one of those accused in the investigation, and a spokeswoman for the Vienna prosecutors’ office said that information was correct.

“I can confirm that,” the spokeswoman said on Wednesday,April 26,2017 when asked whether Enders was being investigated.

Airbus Chief Executive, Thomas Enders
Contacted by Reuters, Airbus had no immediate comment on the Austrian probe.

Enders and Airbus, which was called European Aeronautic, Defence and Space Company (EADS) at the time the 2003 fighter jet order was agreed, have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Enders was head of EADS’s defence division when the contract was signed. He took responsibility for combat aircraft a few months later.

Austrian and German prosecutors have been investigating for years whether officials received bribes aimed at ensuring they chose Eurofighter jets over rival offers from Saab and Lockheed Martin.

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