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UK court acquits Alstom ex-officials in Delhi Metro bribery case
Two former officials of rail transport major Alstom accused of bribing officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to secure contracts in its Phase 1 construction have been acquitted by a UK court following a nearly 10-year investigation.
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) had brought charges against the two officials – Graham Hill and Robert Hallett – as part of a wider investigation into suspected payment of bribes by companies within the Alstom group in the UK in 2009 as a result of information provided by the Office of the Attorney General in Switzerland.
Hill and Hallett were charged alongside the company in relation to bribing DMRC officials during the Delhi Metro Phase 1 between August 1, 2000 and August 9, 2006.
Hill, 74, was senior vice president in Alstom’s Country Network based in Paris and a director of Alstom International Ltd., while Hallett, 55, was managing director of Alstom Transport India.
The SFO confirmed to Hindustan Times on Friday that reporting restrictions had now been lifted by the court hearing the complex case that investigated the company’s activities in India, Poland, Tunisia, Lithuania and Hungary.
“Graham Hill and Robert Hallett were charged alongside the company in relation to alleged corruption to win tram and signalling equipment contracts in India and Poland. They were acquitted of all charges”, an SFO statement said.
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