Bombardier’s culture in spotlight at bribery trial
Bombardier's culture is at the heart of a bribery case, Sweden's top anti-corruption prosecutor says
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MARK MACKINNON STOCKHOLM
Judge Manne Pavon agreed that some of the 3,163 pages filed by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau contained Bombardier corporate secrets that should not be discussed with media present. But he dismissed the motion to move the trial behind closed doors.
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An aggravated bribery trial involving a Bombardier Inc. employee that began on Tuesday is not just about 37-year-old Evgeny Pavlov, but about the culture and behaviour of the company he worked for, Sweden's top anti-corruption prosecutor says.
Mr. Pavlov pleaded innocent as the prosecution rolled out a case that alleges collusion with officials in Azerbaijan, and side payments to a mysterious company controlled by associates of former Russian Railways boss Vladimir Yakunin.
Mr. Pavlov's lawyer, Peter Lindqvist, said his client "claims no responsibility" in the case, and asked why Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit had not named Mr. Pavlov's alleged co-conspirators in the alleged bribery scheme.
"Because there are so many of them," replied Thomas Forsberg, the senior prosecutor at Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit.
Although only Mr. Pavlov has been charged, the prosecution has named six employees of Bombardier Transportation Sweden as suspects, including Mr. Pavlov and his boss Peter Cedervall, the president of the company's Stockholm-based Rail Control Solutions division.
Mr. Forsberg said Mr. Pavlov – who faces up to six years in jail if found guilty – had "offered and promised, and also given, bribes to an official of the Azerbaijan Railways authority" while helping a Bombardier-led consortium win a 2013 contract to install rail-signalling systems in the former Soviet Republic. Mr. Pavlov was head of business development at Bombardier's Moscow office when the contract was signed. He later moved to Stockholm and the company's Rail Control Solutions unit as head of sales for Region North.
The Azerbaijan contract was worth $340-million (U.S), 85 per cent of which was provided by the World Bank, which is conducting an audit into the awarding of the Azerbaijan deal.
That could lead to wider problems for one of Canada's flagship companies.
If Bombardier is found to have won the contract via collusion or corruption, it would be...
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