British firm fined £3.5m for Iraq bribes

Author: By Melvyn Howe, Press Association

Mabey & Johnson’s “culture” of kickbacks was said to have struck at the very
heart of the United Nations’ oil-for-food programme designed to make life
easier for Saddam Hussein’s people.

Their backhanders to the pariah state, combined with those from other
companies “all over the world could be used for purposes severely
detrimental to the proclaimed interests of the UK and, indeed, the UN”, said
Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC.

London’s Southwark Crown Court heard that altogether the specialist
bridge-building firm – which was also ordered to pay a £1.1 million
confiscation order and a prosecution costs contribution of £350,000 – parted
with sweeteners totalling £1 million.

That is thought to have helped it harvest contracts worth £60 million.

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