Businessmen Say Gov't OK'd Payments In Saudi Bribery Case

By Christopher Crosby (May 9, 2022, 1:24 PM BST) -- A lawyer for a British businessman accused of bribing senior Saudi Arabian military officials told jurors on Monday that the payments were authorized by both countries' governments with "full knowledge" of how "every penny" was spent.

A prosecutor has told Southwark Crown Court that the government required his client's company, a subsidiary of Airbus, to transfer funds to Saudi officials through an overseas contractor. ( Fletcher) British and Saudi government officials knew and even authorized commission payments tied to a long-running contract between the countries for military telecommunications hardware dating back four decades, Ian Winter QC told a Southwark Crown Court...

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