The British arms and aircraft firm BAE Systems has been heavily criticized by a UK parliamentary inquiry into a corruption case surrounding an air traffic radar control deal with Tanzania.

The inquiry accused BAE of unilaterally setting up a compensation arrangement for Tanzania that was a “complete sham”. BAE admitted that it had not kept full accounts of the £8 million that it paid to an agent who brokered the deal.

BAE successfully negotiated a resolution of the SFO’s investigation, which involved BAE providing a sum of £30 million for the Tanzanian people, with the SFO pursuing an accounting records charge instead of corruption charges.