Money came through bogus engineering contracts, says Italian probe

AgustaWestland

MICHEL Christian, owner of Global Service Trade Commerce based in London and of Global Service FZE based in Dubai, consultant for Agusta Westland Spa

They promised and managed to pay, through brothers Juli TYAGI, Docsa TYAGI and Sandeep TYAGI, a certain amount of money, not yet quantified, to Marshall TYAGI Sashi, Chief of Staff in the Indian Air Force from 2004 to 2007 a public officer or anyway in charge of functions and activities equivalent to those of a public officer in India - to perform and to have performed a deed against his office duties.

In particular:

HASCHKE, already consultant for other Finmeccanica companies, came to know from his partner Gerosa who was in close relations with the brothers Juli, Docsa and Sandeep TYAGI that the Indian Ministry of Defence was interested in buying helicopters to transport very important government people, and informed ORSI and SPAGNOLINI that he had good chances of success in the tender that would have been shortly issued.

ORSI, as a representative of Agusta Westland spa, designated HASCHKE to manage negotiations in India, placing by his (Haschke's) side his (Orsi's) trusted collaborator in the Indian market MICHEL

HASCHKE and GEROSA, through the TYAGI brothers, in turn through their cousin TYAGI Sashi, managed first to change the tender details, in a favourable way to AgustaWestland spa, modifying the "operational ceiling" from 18 thousand to 15 thousand feet of altitude, thus allowing AgustaWestland spa (which otherwise could not have even submitted an offer) to take part in the tender; then, they managed to introduce a comparative flight trial with non-functional engine, thus facilitating AgustaWestland helicopters, the only ones which had three engines. In this way they managed to get the contract to AgustaWestland. The contract was inked between AgustaWestland International Ltd and the Indian Government on the 8th of February 2010, for the supply of 12 AW101 helicopters at the agreed price of 556 million euros;

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