2 February 2010 | Jake Kanter
A former BAE Systems agent has been charged with corruption by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
Count Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in London on Friday accused of conspiring with others to bribe public officials in Europe to win fighter jet deals for the defence supplier.
The 56-year-old Austrian was remanded in custody pending a bail hearing this Friday. He has not yet entered a plea.
It is the first corruption prosecution in the SFO's six-year investigation into the business activities of BAE in Africa and Eastern Europe.
Mensdorff-Pouilly allegedly made the illegal payments to officials in countries including the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria between January 2002 and December 2008.
BAE refused to comment while the case is ongoing, but has always denied wrongdoing in connection with the SFO investigation.