Belgian authorities are investigating whether senior executives at Deme, the Brussels-based dredging giant, paid bribes to secure a contract at a port on Russia’s Arctic coastline, according to US court filings.
The filings, which were made in connection with a legal assistance request from the Belgium government to the US, showed that Belgian investigators are probing the company for alleged “public contract fraud and bribery offences”.
“According to Belgian authorities, NV DEME, through its agent . . . bribed its way into winning the lucrative dredging contract for the Russian port and used a series of shell companies to launder the bribe money,” the filings said.
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