Siemens paid bribes to Nigerian leader: report

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24 November 2006, Munich (dpa) - One of six persons arrested for alleged corruption at Siemens has told investigators that the German engineering and electronics groups paid bribes to a former Nigerian leader, the late Sani Abacha, a newspaper claims.The Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday that the longtime company staffer asserted that Siemens had only been able to obtain orders in Africa and other parts of the world through "commissions." Police and auditors are conducting a widening inquiry into action

24 November 2006

Munich (dpa) - One of six persons arrested for alleged corruption at Siemens has told investigators that the German engineering and electronics groups paid bribes to a former Nigerian leader, the late Sani Abacha, a newspaper claims.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday that the longtime company staffer asserted that Siemens had only been able to obtain orders in Africa and other parts of the world through "commissions."

Police and auditors are conducting a widening inquiry into actions by some of Siemens' current and former staff, with six in detention. The Sueddeutsche said the man quoted was believed to have been an intermediary in illicit transactions.

Abacha, who died in 1998, was regarded as one of Nigeria's most corrupt presidents.

DPA with Expatica

Subject: German news

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