Germany investigates bribes at Sanofi-Aventis

19th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

German prosecutors have opened a corruption probe involving employees of French pharmaceutical group Sanofi-Aventis into alleged bribes paid for the purchase of its drugs, a spokesman said on Sunday.

"We are investigating eight people, some of whom work for Sanofi-Aventis. One of the suspects -- who is not an employee of the group -- is suspected of having received bribes worth 750,000 euros ($1 million) to buy Sanofi-Aventis drugs and then resell them," a spokesman for regional prosecutors in the northern Verden district, Marcus Roeske, told AFP.

Searches have been conducted in the company's offices in Berlin and Frankfurt, as well as in homes and businesses throughout Germany, he said.

© 2011 AFP

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