Dutch slow in Philips Poland bribery case

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From 2008, Polish justice authorities repeatedly asked the Netherlands to help in the investigation of bribery at electronics giant Philips’ operations in Poland, according to the NOS public service broadcaster.

The Dutch authorities are reported to have waited a year and a half before dealing with the requests by which time the Polish investigations had been concluded.

Three former Philips employees, all Polish citizens, have appeared in court in Katowice on charges of bribing hospital managers to purchase Philips medical equipment. Prosecutors say about 750,000 euros changed hands in the scam.

In March 2008, Polish investigators first asked their Dutch counterparts to look into allegations that staff at Philips medical systems office in Best knew about the bribery in Poland. Only in October 2009, did Dutch police raid Philips’ Best office, confiscating documents, e-mails and CD-ROMs. It was too late for the evidence to be used in the Polish case.

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