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

By and virginie le borgne

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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.