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Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia pays for our project team

Denial over who meets salaries for MoD’s Sangcom team was wrong, admits Whitehall By Frederika Whitehead, Guy Eaton and David Pallister | 10 December 2012 Britain’s Ministry of Defence has been forced to admit that officials working on a contract embroiled in bribery allegations are paid for by Saudi Arabia. It comes after the ministry denied to Exaro in June that […]

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Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Sangcom project – part 4

Bribery claims lead colleagues to fear for safety of Michael Paterson and his family By Frederika Whitehead and Guy Eaton | 24 October 2012 Part 4 of the inside story of ‘bribes’, Saudi Arabia and the Sangcom project… Paterson fears that his life could be in as much danger in the UK as in Saudi Arabia. He tells the HR […]

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Contractor’s e-mails reveal corruption claims in Saudi deal

EADS compliance unit faces questions on ‘bribery’ after leak of confidential e-mails By Frederika Whitehead and Guy Eaton | 24 October 2012 Confidential e-mails at the heart of bribery allegations surrounding a British defence contractor are exposed by Exaro today. The explosive cache of e-mails details how the contractor’s financial controller blew the whistle internally on a series of suspicious […]

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Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Sangcom project – part 3

Michael Paterson alerts EADS compliance division to suspicious transfers to Cayman By Frederika Whitehead and Guy Eaton | 24 October 2012 Part 3 of the inside story of ‘bribes’, Saudi Arabia and the Sangcom project… Deeply disturbed in Riyadh about his defence company’s mysterious Cayman payments, Paterson alerts the compliance division of a company higher up the EADS structure. He […]

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Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Sangcom project – part 2

EADS executive and Michael Paterson clash over payments to Cayman company By Frederika Whitehead and Guy Eaton | 24 October 2012 Part 2 of the inside story of ‘bribes’, Saudi Arabia and the Sangcom project… December 5, 2007: In a conference-telephone call, Paterson and the EADS executive have a heated clash over the Cayman payments. Paterson even records the conversation. […]

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Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Sangcom project – part 5

My life hangs on ‘resistance of Philippe Troyas to accept my being harmed (killed)’ By Frederika Whitehead and Guy Eaton | 24 October 2012 Part 5 of the inside story of ‘bribes’, Saudi Arabia and the Sangcom project… “I am grateful for your help, and I appreciate that you are as frustrated as I am,” Paterson tells Cheney. But, as […]

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Inside story of ‘bribes’ and Sangcom project – part 1

Michael Paterson refuses to sign off millions of pounds of mysterious payments By Frederika Whitehead and Guy Eaton | 24 October 2012 High up on the 20th floor of a shimmering office tower in Saudi Arabia, a British accountant was at breaking point. He was the financial controller of a British defence contractor. And he found himself at the centre […]

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Analysis: EADS investors shrug off bribery case at UK offshoot

EADS distances itself from troubled British subsidiary with huge Saudi defence contract By Richard Wachman | 11 September 2012 “The SFO investigation may not be affecting the EADS share price, but it could have a big impact” One of Europe’s biggest arms companies is caught up in a criminal investigation over allegations of bribery. Sounds serious, no? Perhaps, […]

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‘Oh minister, I do wish you wouldn’t use words like bribery’

How ‘Yes Minister’ may have hit on truth over early UK-Saudi talks on defence deal By Frederika Whitehead and Guy Eaton | 3 September 2012 “Do not let a minister know what everybody else knows, Bernard” – Sir Humphrey Appleby, permanent secretary to Jim Hacker Investigators at the Serious Fraud Office examining a massive UK-Saudi military-communications deal should take time […]

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Named: defence executives who signed off ‘corrupt’ payments

One company chief embroiled in claims over Saudi bribes is former MoD civil servant By Frederika Whitehead and Guy Eaton | 31 August 2012 “Each of the three GPT executives who approved payments that are at the centre of an SFO investigation declined to comment to Exaro” Three executives at a UK defence contractor in Saudi Arabia who between them […]