India says freezes Finmeccanica payments in chopper bribery case

NEW DELHI Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:03pm IST

A helicopter is seen silhouetted in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, March 20, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini/Files

A helicopter is seen silhouetted in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, March 20, 2009.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has suspended payments to Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI) following allegations the Italian defence group paid kickbacks to swing a $750 million deal for 12 luxury choppers, India's defence ministry said on Thursday.

(Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; editing by Matthias Williams)

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