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Former Alcatel-Lucent Employee Charged with Bribery

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A former Alcatel Lucent employee has been charged with bribery in an attempt to acquire confidential information in a bid to help the company win a contract from state owned Telekom Malaysia.

The bribery case stems from a series of bribery scandals that the company was involved in between 2001 and 2006.

Radziah Ani, who was employed by Alcatel prior to its merger with Lucent, pleaded not guilty to the charge of paying RM25,000 (US$8,3000) to Mohd Asri Idris, a Telekom official in 2006 for information on bids submitted by rival companies. The contract, worth over USD100 million was subsequently awarded to Alcatel.

Earlier this year, as a response to the bribery scandal, Axiata and Telekom Malaysia both barred Alcatel-Lucent from bidding in any contract tenders for one year.

Ms. Radziah, 49 has been released on bail but faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

The trial resumes on the 17th October.

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