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Ericsson Probed Over Bribery Allegation in Greece

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Greek authorities are questioning seven of Ericsson's employees following allegations of corruption.

The issue relates to the sale by Ericsson of radar technology in 1999 to the Greek government. Ericsson sold the division in 2006.

"Recently, seven current and former Ericsson employees have been summoned for questioning by the Greek public prosecutor as part of a preliminary enquiry into allegations of possible corruption," Ericsson said in a statement.

Ericsson added that Greek authorities had not made direct contact with the company, and declined to comment on who has been questioned.

The company restated its zero-tolerance toward corruption and bribery, adding that it works actively to "prevent any kind of corruption within the group, for example through anticorruption training for both employees and suppliers."

Last September, a Greek businessman with links to Ericsson was arrested on suspicion of paying a USD2.3 million bribe to a Greek politician to secure contracts.

The move comes days after US authorities also started a similar investigation, but relating to activities in China.

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