Documents show how Airbus arranged secret commissions over aircraft sales in Egypt

By and Virginie Le Borgne

Secret documents obtained by Mediapart and German publication Der Spiegel show for the first time how Airbus gave direct orders to an intermediary to hand out 9.5 million euros in commissions to help clinch the sale of its aircraft in Egypt. This deal is now being examined by France's fraud prosecution unit and British fraud detectives who are carrying out a major investigation into alleged corruption by the giant European aircraft manufacturer. Yann Philippin and Virginie Le Borgne report.

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A middleman handed out nearly 10 million euros in commissions on the direct orders of Airbus in order to facilitate the sale of the manufacturer's aircraft in Egypt, according to secret documents obtained by Mediapart and German publication Der Spiegel, which have been analysed in conjunction with partners in the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC). These documents are now being examined by prosecutors in France and detectives in London as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged corruption by the European aircraft manufacturer.