Austria's former Defence Minister Norbert Darabos of the Social Democrats (SPOe) listens during a news conference in Vienna March 5, 2013. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/File Photo
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Vienna prosecutors are broadening their probe into a $2 billion Eurofighter jet purchase by Austria and are investigating former defence minister Norbert Darabos for breach of trust, a spokeswoman said on Monday.The prosecutors launched investigations against Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium in February 2017 after the defence ministry said it believed they had misled Austria about the price, deliverability and equipment of the 2003 deal.In 2007, Defence Minister Darabos, also a Social Democrat, agreed a settlement with the Eurofighter consortium to reduce the order to 15 jets from 18 and the volume of side deals to 3.5 billion euros from 4 billion euros.
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