Christine Bredo: The mysterious Danish woman and her AgustaWestland links
The CBI and ED are building pieces to find Christine Bredo Spliid's involvement in the AgustaWestland helicopter scam.
A 31-year-old Danish woman living in London has become the newest person of interest in the AgustaWestland helicopter scam probe with officials investigating her role in the chopper deal.
Christine Bredo Spliid, the woman who was recently brought under the scanner, only came to picture after the ongoing interrogation of the accused persons.
According to CNN-News 18, Christine and Christian Michel, an alleged middleman, have shareholding in a United Kingdom-based company named Beetle Nut Home Ltd. Documents show Michel’s Dubai-based Global Services FZE has the shareholding in the company.
Spliid’s presence have been found in India and Dubai between 2010 and 2012, The New Indian Express reported, when the deal was signed with Agustawestland and alleged kickbacks were divided between Guido Haschke, another middleman, and Michel.
With Spliid's footprints traced in the two countries, CBI and ED are now finding if her visits had to do something with the scam.
"Christine, then in her 20s, was Michel's front as she met government officials and even political leaders. She appears to have travelled to Dubai and Zurich in connection with the Agusta deal. We are checking all her records with immigration," a CBI official was quoted as saying by The Economic Times.
The chopper deal resurfaced after an Italian court in April referred to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh among others in connection with the chopper deal but gave no details of any wrongdoing by the two leaders.
The Milan court has given details of how alleged bribes were paid by AgustaWestland's parent company Finmeccanica as well as AgustaWestland to Indian officials through middlemen to clinch the deal.
Firms Finmeccanica, AgustaWestland, IDS Infotech Ltd (India) and Aeromatrix India were found to be allegedly involved in the scam.
With inputs from PTI
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