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Daily highlights: Finnish firm Patria, Korea home shopping networks, SNC-Lavalin

Finland: Six employees of Finnish firm Patria charged with bribery, espionage

Six employees of Finnish defense group Patria were charged December 18 with bribery and corporate espionage in connection with a Slovenian defense contract for armored vehicles, Finnish prosecutors said. The six include the former chief executives of the Patria group and its affiliate, Patria Vehicles. Patria signed a contract in 2006 to deliver 135 vehicles to Slovenia, during Prime Minister Janez Jansa’s first term in office. The order was part of Ljubljana’s efforts to modernize its military after joining NATO in 2004.

South Korea: Four home shopping cable networks investigated for bribery

The country’s four major home shopping cable networks are being investigated over a bribery case involving their sales managers and corporate clients. The prosecution said Tuesday it has indicted seven employees from the home shopping networks for taking kickbacks from firms in exchange for having their products broadcast during primetime spots. The channels are Hyundai Home Shopping, NS Home Shopping, GS Home Shopping and Home & Shopping.

India: SNC-Lavalin corruption case: Accused interfering with court order, says CBI

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday told its special court here that two of the accused in the SNC-Lavalin corruption case were “in fact interfering with the decision of the honourable court to secure the presence” of Klaus Triendel, former vice-president of the Canadian company and the sixth accused in the case. In his petition, Additional Superintendent of Police, CBI, Chennai, Y. Harikumar identified the accused as Pinarayi Vijayan, former Power Minister and State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and Siddhartha Menon, former chairman of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB).

Bangladesh: New corruption allegations hit SNC-Lavalin

Bangladeshi authorities are accusing a senior executive at SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. of conspiring to bribe government officials, formal allegations that come days after that executive left the company. Kevin Wallace, who up until early December had been the president of SNC’s wholly owned subsidiary, Candu Energy Inc., is the latest in a growing number of senior SNC officials who have either left the company or been fired amid allegations of corruption.


Maria Dolores Hernandez J. is a researcher for the FCPA Blog members area.

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