As part of an ongoing investigation, criminal proceedings by the Serious Fraud Office have commenced today against an Alstom company in the UK by written charge.
Alstom Network UK Ltd, formerly called Alstom International Ltd, a UK subsidiary of Alstom, has been charged with three offences of corruption contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, as well as three offences of Conspiracy to Corrupt contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1 June 2000 and 30 November 2006 and concern large transport projects in India, Poland and Tunisia.
The first hearing in this case will take place at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 9 September 2014.
Notes to Editors:
1) The SFO investigation commenced as a result of information provided to the SFO by the Office of the Attorney General in Switzerland concerning the Alstom Group, in particular Alstom Network UK Ltd.
2) Alstom is a manufacturer in the rail, power and electricity transmission sectors.
3) As proceedings are underway the strict liability rule in the Contempt of Court Act 1981 applies.
4) The Serious Fraud Office is an independent government department responsible for investigating and prosecuting serious and complex fraud and corruption. It is headed by the Director, David Green CB QC, who exercises powers under the superintendence of the Attorney General. These powers are derived from the Criminal Justice Act 1987.