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Thailand probes 26 people over Rolls-Royce bribery allegations

Staff Writer |
Thailand’s National Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating 26 people, including a former minister and an ex-chairman of Thai Airways.

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They are suspected of receiving bribes from British engineering firm Rolls-Royce, local press reported.

Investigators are looking into the 2004-05 period, when Thai Airways bought six Boeing 777-200er passenger jets and an Airbus A340-500/600, equipped with Rolls-Royce engines, according to local daily The Nation.

The anti-corruption watchdog said it is yet to find evidence of irregularities during other time periods.

Among the 26 people who will be required to testify are Thailand’s former minister and deputy minister of transport, Suriya Jungrungreangkit and Vichet Kasemthongsri, respectively.

The British manufacturer has admitted that between 1989-2013 it paid bribes – including luxury cars – to secure contracts in several countries including China, the United States, Russia, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, among others.

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