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More details released in Finmeccanica case

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The Italian newspaper Repubblica yesterday continued its coverage of the conflict between Panama and the Italian defense contractor Finmeccanica over alleged bribes paid by the company.

The company allegedly included a 10 percent commission for bribes in a $250 million contract it received from Panama for the purchase of radars, digital maps and helicopters in 2010.

Panama is demanding the repayment of the $25 million that was allegedly arranged by former Finmeccanica Commercial Director Paolo Pozzessere and businessman Valter Lavítola.

So far, Finmeccanica has denied any wrongdoing by Pozzessere and said that it had no control of the actions of Lavitola. However, the Ambassador of Panama in Italy Fernando Berguido has another view.

"It is impossible to unlink Lavitola and Pozzessere from the awarding of these contracts. Pozzessere worked for Finmeccanica, and in terms of Lavitola, without his participation, Panama would not have signed the contracts with Finmeccanica," he said.

The Italian newspaper says that this situation is causing "a crisis in the diplomatic relations between the two states."

The newspaper outlined the chronology of the case, which began with a visit to Panama by then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on June 29, 2010. It signed the first contract 40 days later, and concluded the deal in December.

Prior to the signing of the agreement, a company was created in Panama, Agafia Corp, that was allegedly used to hide the bribe payment, which was made through a company linked to Lavitola.

Clauses in one of the contracts specified Agafia was to be used to "provide the necessary assistance to quickly and favorably conclude the sale of six helicopters to the government of Panama."

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