Spanish prosecutors are seeking decades-long sentences for eight individuals suspected of having bribed Saudi officials to get contracts to export weapons, as part of an investigation into corruption that had been going on for 25 years, El Mundo reported.
Charges indicate that well over US$100 million in bribes were paid by the now dissolved state-owned weapons manufacturer Defex to various Saudi dignitaries.
The decade-long investigation is seen as Spain’s largest corruption scandal ever.
Anti-corruption prosecutors said that they are seeking jail sentences of up to 29 years for those involved, and millions in fines for their four corporate entities. Defex alone is supposed to pay over $50 million.
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