German police raid British army facilities in graft probe

30th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Prosecutors in Wuppertal in western Germany said that around 200 police officers and 50 officials searched British army premises at Moenchengladbach, Elmpt, Paderborn and Herford, as well as eight local companies.

Berlin -- Police raided several British army facilities in Germany on Tuesday on suspicion that bribes were paid by local companies to win lucrative contracts, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors in Wuppertal in western Germany said that around 200 police officers and 50 officials searched British army premises at Moenchengladbach, Elmpt, Paderborn and Herford, as well as eight local companies.

Twenty-one civilian employees of the British military are suspected of being given backhanders by local firms in order to secure contracts to renovate army buildings and supply them, a statement said.

There are also suspicions that payments were made to non-existent shell companies for fake contracts in scams "costing the British government millions of euros (pounds, dollars)," prosecutors said.

The British authorities are cooperating fully with German investigators and British military police assisted in the raids, the statement said. The British military was not immediately available for comment.

AFP/Expatica

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