On 27 February, ICIJ released a series of articles alleging that the Swedish telecom giant concealed years of bribery and fraud in the war-torn nation and grappled with undisclosed corruption allegations in more than a dozen other countries.  The claims include that it sought permission from the terrorist group known as the Islamic State to work in an ISIS-controlled city and paid to smuggle equipment into ISIS areas.  It says that leaked documents detail sham contracts, lavish gifts, an ‘uncontrolled slush fund’, and suspicious payments that employees of the telecom giant made via middlemen to militants in Iraq, high-ranking officials and more.  Information from ICIJ includes a video about the ICIJ investigation which reveals how Ericsson dealt with ISIS and engaged in bribery and other corrupt practices to solidify its grip in Iraq.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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