Sweett ends Middle East bribery probe

Consultancy says allegation against a former director is 'not proven'

Site of the hospital project being managed by Sweett in Morocco
Site of the hospital project being managed by Sweett in Morocco

Sweett Group has ended its investigation into a bribery allegation brought by a newspaper against one of its former employees.

The company launched an investigation after a Wall Street Journal article in June 2013 alleged that a former regional managing director approached architectural firm HLW and said that it could secure a hospital contract in Morocco worth $5.6m if they paid 3.5% of the contract value to an official who was working for the foundation which was building the hospital.

The UK-based firm, which has project managed the hospital building, launched an independent investigation in the wake of the claims. However, on Wednesday (8 January) it said in a statement that although investigators were not able to speak to the former employee, its directors concluded that the allegation "is not proven".

The company said: "The allegation related to events in 2010 since when there have been many changes in the Group and monitoring and reporting requirements have grown in line with our geographic reach.

"The Group continues to monitor its businesses to ensure that it complies with appropriate regulatory and compliance procedures and has zero tolerance to bribery and corruption."

 

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