Sweett Group probe Arab bribe allegations

Michael Bow
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SURVEYOR Sweett Group yesterday said it had launched a probe into allegations of “improper business conduct” over an alleged bribe requested by an ex-employee in 2009 for a $100m (£64.7m) construction deal.

The allegations, reported by the Wall Street Journal on Friday, suggest a former executive from Sweett subsidiary Cyril Sweett International met an employee of a New York-based architecture firm and requested 3.5 per cent of the contract value be paid to an United Arab Emirates official helping fund the project. Sweett said it had appointed an external body to conduct a “rigorous investigation”.

“These historical allegations are something the company knew nothing about.

“The initial review of correspondence and project documentation shows no record of any request for, or payment of, facilitation fees of the nature alleged,” it said.