Los Angeles Times of June 15th Reviews the, Otherwise Vastly Under-Reported, Calls for Investigations of the BAE Scandal

23 de junio de 2007

June 22 (LPAC)--There is much more to the BAE scandal than "just Saudi payments," finds Los Angeles Times reporter Josh Meyer, in discussions with one federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official said that authorities were "looking broadly; its a company-wide thing." Though it would be difficult to achieve a successful prosecution relying on unfriendly, and overseas, witnesses, and on cases that were more than 20 years old, the law enforcement official, cited in the report, conveyed an appreciation that the allegations against BAE were too serious for U.S. authorities to overlook.

Meyers also reports that Atty. Gen Alice S. Fisher, speaking at an American Bar Association gathering in October, said that the "Department [of Justice] will not hesitate to enforce the FCPA [Foreign Corrupt Practices Act] against foreign-owned companies, just as it does against American companies."

Transparency International USA was reported to have met with Justice Department fraud prosecutors last December to ask whether they could investigate BAE and pressure Great Britain into reopening the quashed probe. "They said that they would look into it, that they were concerned," said Nancy Boswell, president of Transparency International USA.