Judge questions SFO evidence in BAE case
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) suffered another blow to its reputation after a High Court judge questioned evidence and terms of a plea bargain brought in a corruption probe into BAE's $40m (£25m) radar deal with Tanzania.
"There is a big gap." The SFO's deal with BAE involved the company paying a £30m fine after pleading guilty to failing to keep proper accounting records. The accounting records relate to $12.4m paid to a "marketing agent" in Tanzania, Shailesh Vithlani, to facilitate an air traffic control deal with the country. As part of the deal BAE admitted that there "was a high probability that part of the $12.4m would be used in the negotiation process to favour BAE".