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SriLankan Airlines says will co-operate with any probe into Airbus corruption

ECONOMYNEXT – State-run SriLankan Airlines said it will co-operate with any government agency that will probe going into a purchase of Airbuses after a UK probe said millions of dollars of bribes had been promised and paid.

Court documents published in the UK said the wife of a SriLankan Airlines executive had been hired as an ‘agent’ and been promised 16 million dollars in payments over a large Airbus deal and at least two million dollars had been paid.

“Therefore the Chairman with the concurrence of the Board has directed the management to cooperate fully with any Governmental agency in the event of any investigation/ prosecution,” the airline said in a statement.

“The management has also been directed to preserve and study all available internal documentation with a view to take all possible corrective future action.”

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had also called for an inquiry and report.

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