US, OECD and Swiss Governments Are Investigating British Arms Corruption

8 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>US, OECD and Swiss Governments Are Investigating British Arms Corruption</h1><p>June 8, 2007 (LPAC)--A diplomatic source revealed today that Swiss authorities are investigating reports of corruption surrounding BAE arms deals, reports <em>EIRNS</em> . The background, as reported by the OECD, the London <em>Guardian</em> , and other sources, is the following.</p><p>In January 2007, after British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government called off the investigation of BAE by the Serious Fraud Office, both the U.S. government and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) filed complaints with the Blair government. The OECD Working Group on Bribery continued the investigation, which is led by the Swiss jurist Mark Pieth. In April, the British <em>Guardian</em> newspaper reported that the Blair government was pressing the OECD to remove Pieth from his post, in order to attempt to prevent the OECD investigation from continuing.</p><p> <em>EIRNS</em> sources also confirmed that the U.S. State Department briefed members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the investigations. BAE, which is the sixth largest contractor to the U.S. Defense Department, bought the U.S. company Armor Holdings in May. Armor Holdings provides many types of armor and protective gear to the U.S. military, including up-armored Humvees and body armor. A Congressional staffer told the <em>Guardian</em> , shortly after BAE's takeover of Armor Holdings, that BAE could be in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.</p></div></body>