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Malaysia probes allegations that Airbus bribed AirAsia bosses

Christian Fernsby |
Malaysia's anti graft agency is investigating allegations by Britain's Serious Fraud Office that Airbus paid a bribe of $50 million (£38.04 million) to win plane orders from Asia’s largest budget airline group, Malaysia-based AirAsia, it said yesterday.

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The SFO said on Friday that Airbus had failed to prevent individuals associated with it bribing executives linked to AirAsia Group and its long-haul arm, AirAsia X.

AirAsia said it had never made any purchase decisions that were premised on an Airbus sponsorship, and that it would fully cooperate with Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission.

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