First World Corruption

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Remember Halliburton’s role in Nigeria in the 1990s, when huge sums were funnelled to accounts of officials in order to obtain construction contracts? Now Richard Millard in the Daily Mail reports (16 January 2017) on the corrupt actions of a company closer to home, ‘Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay a record £671million to British, US and Brazilian authorities to settle bribery and corruption claims.In a landmark case, the engineering giant has agreed voluntary settlements over allegations it used middle-men to bribe officials to secure contracts in countries including China and Indonesia . . . ‘.

No more pretences of the moral high ground please!