Newspaper article China Post

No MND Comment on Alleged Mirage Graft

Newspaper article China Post

No MND Comment on Alleged Mirage Graft

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The Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday refused to comment on a local media report that said it recently filed a complaint against France over alleged illegal commissions and kickbacks surrounding the 1992 sale of 60 Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft.

MND spokesman Luo Shou-he downplayed the reported lawsuit, saying only that the ministry will safeguard the national interest in all instances.

Taiwan's Air Force also refused to comment on the report yesterday, citing confidentiality.

These responses follow a Chinese-language United Daily News report from yesterday which said Taiwan filed a complaint to the International Court of Arbitration late last year over alleged illegal commissions and kickbacks regarding a 1992 sale of Mirage fighters between Paris and Taipei.

Taiwan bought a total of 60 Mirage 2000-5 planes in 1992 from French firm Dassault Aviation at a cost of nearly NT$160 billion.

According to French media reports, however, Taiwan paid additional commissions for the aircraft. …

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