Alstom charged with corruption

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A UK company which is part of the giant French multinational group Alstom has been charged with corruption.

Alstom Network UK Ltd, formerly called Alstom International Ltd, 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 Alstom group – famous for the Pendolino leaning train used by Virgin – has a site near Preston docks.

Preston is Alstom’s UK Train Life Service centre for spare parts logistics. The site also repairs, overhauls and modernises traction equipment made by other manufacturers. The city also has a Traincare Point, one of eight on the West Coast Main Line, providing support to the 
Pendolino fleet.

The Serious Fraud Office is headed by Director David Green, who exercises powers under the superintendence of the Attorney General. The SFO said the first hearing in the case would take place at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 9 .

The probe began 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.