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U.K. Court Orders Trials for Alstom Units in Bribery Case

Roberta Holland | February 4, 2015

Two jury trials with the possibility of a third are in the offing for French power and transportation conglomerate Alstom SA, which is facing charges in the United Kingdom that subsidiaries used bribery to win contracts in Poland, India, Tunisia, and Lithuania.

During a pre-trial hearing last week in Southwark Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith ordered an eight-week jury trial for Alstom Network UK and two of its former employees to begin in May 2016, the Financial Times and other media outlets reported.

The U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office filed criminal charges against Alstom Network UK in July, following a five-year investigation. The subsidiary is accused of disguising bribes as consultancy agreements to win major...

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