I’m not sure about this at all:
The Serious Fraud Office has launched a formal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption at engine maker Rolls-Royce that could lead to criminal prosecutions.
Sure, I know that bribery is illegal now. Can’t remember the name of the damn fool law but I know that it is.
Britain’s fraud-busting agency has spent more than a year examining claims from a whistleblower over Rolls’ use of middle-men in winning multi-million pound contracts in Indonesia, China and elsewhere, dating back more than 20 years.
Among the claims from whistleblower Dick Taylor, a former employee, was the allegation that the engine maker had handed a $20m (£12.2m) bribe and a blue Rolls–Royce car to Tommy Suharto, the youngest son of the late Indonesian dictator.
It was for his help, it was claimed, in persuading the country’s flag–carrier Garuda to buy Rolls’ Trent 700 engine for Airbus A330 aircraft in 1990.
But I’m also pretty sure that bribery, in foreign of course, was not illegal under UK law back then. Might well have been illegal under Chinese, Indonesian law, but the UK attitude back a while was that that’s just what happens in these sorts of places so as far as we’re concerned, fine.
So, does anyone know whether I’m recalling things correctly?