Two former managers at Siemens have been found guilty in a bribery case involving the payment of six million euros to employees at Italian utility Enel. Andreas Kley and Horst Vigener were given suspended prison sentences and probation.
Prosecutors, who had demanded jail terms of up to three and a half years, said that was no deterrent but defence lawyer Wolf Schiller commented: “The judges seemed to believe the issues in this case posed complex questions. The defendants’ position is that they acted with a clear conscience.”
The case centred on bribes paid to managers at Enel to win turbine contracts worth around 450 million euros, between 1999 and 2002. The German court also ordered Siemens to pay 38 million euros of the profit it made from those sales. The company said it plans to appeal. This is the first trial from a series of corruption scandals that have engulfed the German conglomerate.