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Criminal Corruption Investigation Opened Over Arms Dealer

GuardianUK via MathabaNews: (h/t NonnyMouse) The US Department of Justice is preparing to open a corruption investigation into the arms company BAE

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GuardianUK via MathabaNews: (h/t NonnyMouse)

The US Department of Justice is preparing to open a corruption investigation into the arms company BAE, the Guardian has learned. It would cover the alleged £1bn arms deal payments to Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia.

Washington sources familiar with the thinking of senior officials at the justice department said yesterday it was "99% certain" that a criminal inquiry would be opened under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Such an investigation would have potentially seismic consequences for BAE, which is trying to take over US arms companies and make the Pentagon its biggest customer.

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