According to the Tuesday edition of what the Sun would call pinko-frog daily rag 'Liberation', Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari allegedly received millions of dollars in kickbacks for the purchase of three French submarines for the Pakistani Navy in 1994.
The paper that Zardari received $4.3 million in kickbacks from the sale of three Agosta-90 submarines for 825 million euros (currently $1.23 billion). In addition, investigators are reported to believe that the non-payment of the full amount of the agreed kickbacks may have led to the deaths of 11 French nationals in a 2002 terror attack in the port city of Karachi.
A spokesman for the Pakistani government said the purchase of equipment by the Armed Forces of Pakistan is done through a proper competitive process under the supervision of the Ministry of Defence. No doubt, but with only a 30 bp fee it sounds like there wasn't much competition.
The spokesman pointed out that Mr. Zardari was neither the President nor the Prime Minister nor the Defence Minister when the submarines were purchased, which is quite cute, because at the time the Prime Minister was his wife.