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Mabey & Johnson in Papua New Guinea. : Corruption Case

In 2004, the Serious Fraud Office in the UK was investigating allegations that British bridge manufacturer Mabey & Johnson paid bribes to win a lucrative contract to build 116 bridges in Papua New Guinea.

The SFO is accountable to the British Attorney-General and investigates and prosecutes serious and complex fraud cases.

The company stated that it does not pay bribes or any other form of unlawful inducement stating that it has a comprehensive anti-corruption policy with procedures which are vigorously enforced.

The Guardian said Mabey & Johnson stood to reap a STG 10 million (K61 million) profit from the PNG deal, which was snapped up in 2001 by the then Morauta government through a STG 31 million commercial loan provided by Deutsche Bank and guaranteed by the UK's Export Credit Guarantee Department (ECGD).

Officials within British government circles have confirmed that Mabey & Johnson applying for cover in respect to phase 2 of the
program but ECGD is yet to decide on whether to provide cover for the next stage.

The following lists all references contained in our database that are relevant to this briefing
PNG Post-Courier [8/2/2004] 'UK probes bridge deal' by Alex Rheeney [Source ID = 12135]

BBC [11/30/2004] 'Export Credits Guarantee Department (File on Four Transcript)' : [Source ID = 12996]

TUC [9/14/2005] 'ending poverty and strengthening the UN' : [Source ID = 13942]


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