On December 2 2015 Sweett Group PLC – a global provider of professional services for the construction and management of building and infrastructure projects – disclosed that it had admitted that employees paid bribes to win business in the Middle East.(1) The Serious Fraud Office subsequently confirmed that Sweett Group had been charged under Section 7 of the Bribery Act with failing to prevent bribery in connection with securing and retaining contracts related to the building of a hotel in Dubai.(2) Allegations of bribery against Sweett Group first surfaced years ago in the Wall Street Journal, leading the company to conduct an internal investigation.
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(1) Christopher Williams, "Sweett Group admits Middle East bribery", The Telegraph (December 2 2015), available at www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrime/12029056/Sweett-Group-admits-Middle-East-bribery.html.
(2) SFO press release, "SFO charges Sweett Group PLC" (December 9 2015), available at http://sfo.gov.uk/press-room/latest-press-releases/press-releases-2015/sfo-charges-sweett-group-plc.aspx.
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