Kuwait’s NAZAHA seeks information on alleged Airbus bribery case

This file photo taken on March 21, 2018 shows a logo at the Airbus A380 assembly site in Blagnac, southern France. (File photo: AFP)

Kuwait’s anti-corruption authority (NAZAHA) said on Thursday it was open to receiving any information about alleged bribes paid to secure Airbus plane orders involving Kuwaiti parties, according to the state news agency.

NAZAHA’s investigations spokesman, Mohammad Bo-Zober, was quoted as saying the authority had started reaching out to local newspapers and media outlets that had covered the scandal to collect all possible evidence.

Airbus bribed public officials and hid payments as part of a pattern of worldwide corruption, prosecutors said on January 31 as the European plane maker agreed a record $4 billion settlement with France, Britain and the United States.

French prosecutors said their corruption probe involved transactions in a number of countries, including Kuwait.

The NAZAHA spokesman said the authority could summons people to provide statements, and confirmed Kuwait would cooperate with British prosecutors to collect evidence.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01