The Southwark Crown Court has handed down the first sentence for breach of s7 Bribery Act 2010. Sweett Group plc had pleaded guilty to the offence of having failed to prevent bribery. SFO’s investigations into the construction and professional services group uncovered that its subsidiary company, Cyril Sweett International Limited, had made corrupt payments to Khaled Al Badie, the Vice-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Real Estate and Investment Committee of Al Ain Ahlia Insurance Company (AAAI) to secure the award of a contract with AAAI for the building of the Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Judge Beddoe said the failings were system failings that had gone on over some time and announced a £1.4 million fine, with an additional £851,152.23 in confiscation, and payment of SFO’s costs. SFO is continuing its investigations into individuals.  (Source: SFO obtains first Bribery Act s7 conviction)