PCB: Ready to Prosecute the BAE Radar Deal
2. (C) Edward Hoseah, Director General of the Prevention of Corruption Bureau (PCB) told the DCM that the PCB was almost finished with its investigation of the U.K.- Tanzanian BAE radar deal and that it intended to prosecute the case. "We are focused on the 31 percent commission paid to BAE. We understand that businessmen need commissions but the question is whether 31 percent is lawful or not," Hoseah said. He called the deal "dirty" and said it involved officials from the Ministry of Defence and at least one or two senior level military officers.
3. (C) Hoseah said that the two primary suspects, XXXXXXXXXXXX and Shailesh Vithlani, CEO of Merlin International, were currently out of the country but that when they returned the GOT would begin to prosecute. "I have obtained President Kikwete's support to prosecute the culprits once they return to Tanzania," he said, stressing that prosecution of the case would mark an important milestone in the PCB's struggle. "The real signal of the GOT's political commitment will be when we take this radar case to court," Hoseah said.
4. (C) Note: Shailesh Vithlani is a British citizen who reportedly grew up in Tanzania. He heads Merlin International, a Dar es Salaam based company. Merlin International has been implicated as the agent for Britain's BAE Systems which sold a USD 40 million military radar system to the GOT in 2002. Beyond the BAE radar deal, Merlin has been linked in the media to a range of other high profile government deals including the sale of a Gulfstream presidential jet to former President Benjamin Mkapa. According to a July 13 report in This Day, a local newspaper, at the time of the BAE deal, Vithlani's local partner was Tanil Somaiya of Shivacom Tanzania Ltd. US embassy cables: BAE's 'dirty deal' to sell radar to Tanzania revealed | World news | guardian.co.uk
Huko kwenye XXXXXXXXXXXXX na kwingine ambapo majina hayakutajwa inaonekana tutajua ni wakina nani soon because wikileaks is planning to publish new and re-publish the previously released cables without redactions. Wamepitisha poll huko Twitter na inaonekena watu wengi wanaunga mkono hoja. WikiLeaks appeared likely to use the Twitter responses, which it said favoured disclosure at a ratio of 100 to one, to pave the way for imminent disclosure of the remaining material from its cable archive. The majority of cables published recently by WikiLeaks were unclassified: WikiLeaks prepares to release unredacted US cables | Media | guardian.co.uk
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