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Former Alstom Director faces UK corruption charges

12 May, 2015 | News Releases

Further charges have been brought as part of the SFO’s ongoing investigation of Alstom Network UK Ltd. 

In addition to the charges that were announced as part of phase three in April this year, the SFO has charged Jean-Daniel Lainé and he appeared this morning, together with Michael John Anderson, 54, and representatives of Alstom Network UK Ltd, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The matter has been sent for trial at Southwark Crown Court. 

Mr Lainé, 68, is a French national who attended court to answer two charges of corruption contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, as well as two 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 January 2006 and 18 October 2007 and concern the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro. 

Prior to retirement, Mr Lainé was Senior Vice President Ethics & Compliance, and a director of Alstom International Limited. He is the sixth individual to be charged by the SFO in its investigation of Alstom. 

Notes to Editors:

  1. Named as a co-conspirator with Mr Anderson and Mr Lainé is Altan Cledwyn-Davies, director and company secretary of Alstom International Ltd. Mr Cledwyn-Davies died in 2010 before charges were brought.
  2. 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. Alstom is a manufacturer in the rail, power and electricity transmission sectors.
  3. In July 2014 the SFO charged Alstom Network UK Ltd, and British nationals Graham Hill and Robert Hallett with corruption in India, Poland and Tunisia. That matter awaits trial in May 2016. In addition, the SFO charged Alstom Power Ltd, Nicholas Reynolds and Johanes Venskus with corruption in Lithuania. That matter awaits trial in January 2017.


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