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Patria Officials Acquitted in Finland

Helsinki, 30 January - A Finnish court in the town of Hämeenlinna acquitted on Thursday for a lack of evidence five representatives of Finnish defence contractor Patria of charges that they bribed Slovenian representatives in order to win a EUR 278m armoured personnel carrier contract in 2006, while concluding that doubts remained about the deal.

One of the 35 armoured personnel carriers which Slovenia acquired from Finnish defence contractor Patria.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

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