Polish prosecutors on Tuesday said they have charged five people in a corruption case involving transport contracts won by Alstom, just days after the United States fined the French industrial giant a record penalty for bribery.
Two ex-managers at Alstom Konstal — the firm’s Polish subsidiary — and three former Warsaw municipal employees are suspected of links to three contracts for delivering 108 subway cars and 122 tramways to the Polish capital in 1998-2002, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors in the western city of Wroclaw told AFP that French justice officials had been slow to cooperate in the investigation launched in 2008.
A spokesman for Alstom Konstal declined to comment on the ongoing case.
The US Justice Department announced last week that Alstom would plead guilty and pay a record $772.3-million (635.2-million-euro) penalty in a wide-ranging foreign bribery case.
Fresh corruption charges have also been brought against a British subsidiary of Alstom.