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Searches commence at Airbus Group suspected of corruption in Romania

Munich Prosecutors have searched locations of the Airbus group following suspicions of corruption regarding contracts with Romania and Saudi Arabia, German daily ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ wrote on Wednesday. The prosecutors have confirmed that the searches took place in October, the German daily, cited by Mediafax, says.

Formerly EADS, Airbus has also confirmed that it is the subject of a judicial investigation in Germany.

Corruption suspicions are in connection with contracts worth approximately EUR 3 bn with Saudi Arabia and Romania for border security equipment, according to the source quoted by Mediafax.

The Munich Prosecutor’s Office is investigating several persons and the searches were organised at locations of the German subsidiary Airbus Defence and Space, in Ottobrunn and Unterschleissheim, near Munich, as well as Ingolstadt, Ulm and Friedrichshafen, in Southern Germany.

The prosecutors are now looking into suspect mo0ney transfers of several millions of euro.

In 2009, the group obtained a contract of almost EUR 2 bn from Saudi Arabia for the supply of protection grids and state of the art border surveillance equipment.

DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi was announcing at the end of November that ‘most people who signed contracts in the Microsoft licensing case might also appear’ in the EADS case and that there were ‘commissions rogatory in place with colleagues from European states with whom we must coordinate our work’.

The ‘Integrated Border Security System’ contract in Romania was awarded to the EADS Deutschland GmbH concern without tendering procedure, based on ‘hidden agreements’ by decision of the Adrian Nastase Government, the price being almost EUR 1 bn. The bribe reportedly ended up with people in the Home Affairs Ministry leadership and with the PM’s office.

 

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