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GPT pleads guilty to corruption

28 April, 2021 | News Releases

The Serious Fraud Office confirms GPT has today pleaded guilty to corruption between December 2008 and July 2010 in relation to contracts awarded to GPT in respect of work carried out for the Saudi Arabian National Guard.

The company entered a guilty plea to one count of corruption, contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, before the Honourable Mr Justice Bryan at Southwark Crown Court.

The development follows charges brought by the SFO in July 2020 jointly against the company and three individuals, who await trial in May 2022.

In sentencing GPT, the judge ordered the company to pay a confiscation order of £20,603,000, fine of £7,521,920, and costs of £2,200,000.

Notes to editors

  1. The SFO opened its investigation into GPT in August 2012. More information here.
  2. GPT’s business was to provide telecommunications capability to the Saudi Arabian National Guard. It is now a subsidiary owned by Airbus SE.
  3. As criminal proceedings remain live, the SFO cannot comment further at this stage. The strict liability rule of the Contempt of Court Act applies. Reporting restrictions apply. Please contact SFO Press Office on [email protected] for more details.


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