Post by Dave Homewood on May 22, 2017 18:12:18 GMT 12
NZ Navy paid 'Fat Leonard' company $700k 36 minutes ago
The New Zealand Navy paid $700,000 to a company whose owner was involved in a corruption scandal involving American naval officers, it has been revealed.
The New Zealand Navy said it had used Glenn Defence Marine Asia for ship visits in South East Asia between May 2007 and December 2011 (file photo). Photo: Royal New Zealand Navy
In 2015, Leonard Francis - known as Fat Leonard - admitted his Singapore-based port services company, Glenn Defence Marine Asia, bribed American officers with prostitutes, meals, alcohol and luxury hotel stays to ensure US Navy ships stopped at ports where his company operated.
The New Zealand Navy said it used Glenn Defence Marine Asia for specific ship visits in South East Asia between May 2007 and December 2011.
However it said it would not investigate its relationship with the company, despite evidence the company bribed American officers, including a rear admiral.
The Navy said it had no standing or enduring contract with Glenn Defence Marine Asia.