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Dutch Philips cited in bribes scandal in Poland

Dutch Philips cited in bribes scandal in Poland

A prosecutor said Tuesday that 23 Poles including two former employees of the Netherlands-based Philips company are to go on trial in Poland on corruption charges.
Prosecutor Andrzej Laskowski said that the trial is to open June 13 in the southern city of Katowice, where most of the defendants live. The indictment was sent to court in December 2009.
Laskowski said that the former head of the medical section and the former regional head of Philips Polska could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted of offering bribes of up to (EURO)100,000 ($140,000) to hospital directors in southern Poland to persuade them to buy Philips equipment between 1999-2007.
Laskowski identified the two as Krzysztof B. and Marian R., in line with Poland's privacy law.
Philips Polska is a branch of the Royal Philips Electronics NV, the world's biggest lighting maker and a major maker of healthcare products.
Sixteen heads of public hospitals could face up to 10 years in prison for taking the money from Philips, Laskowski said.
One of the defendants, Marian Kulig, who owned a company that sold Philips equipment told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that in return for the bribes the hospitals set technical requirements for equipment they wanted to buy on such levels that only those made by Philips could meet them.
Kulig said that in one case he gave an envelope with 90,000 zlotys (euro23,000) to a hospital director in a car park, to secure a contract. He did
Five other defendants in the upcoming trial face up to eight years for incurring financial losses to Philips Polska by billing it for services they never performed. One of them is Kulig, who reportedly informed the prosecutors about the illegal dealings.
In The Netherlands, spokesman for Philips Steve Klink refused comment because of the ongoing Polish investigation. He said Philips is carrying out its own internal investigation into the allegations.
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Michael C. Corder in The Hague contributed to this story.


Updated : 2021-06-25 02:37 GMT+08:00