AgustaWestland an issue between India, Italy: Cameron
Posted on: 10:39 PM IST Feb 18, 2013
Mumbai: British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on a visit to India, has said that the issue of bribe being paid in the AgustaWestland chopper deal is a matter between Italian and Indian authorities.
Speaking to BBC, Cameron asserted that Britain has some of the toughest anti-bribery laws, adding, "people know if they do business with British companies, they have those protections."
He termed AgustaWestland as an excellent company with highly skilled workers "who make brilliant helicopters".
When asked if Britain would carry out a probe into the issue, the Prime Minister told BBC, "UK's Serious Fraud Office itself will decide whether to look into the claims of bribery in AgustaWestland chopper deal...We have totally independent investigating and prosecuting authorities in the UK, and they are at liberty to act or not."