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U.S. Obtains Swiss Records, Flies In British Witness In BAE Investigation
Justice Dept. investigators want papers from Britain’s Serious Fraud
Office’s (SFO) Saudi investigation. Brown government trying to block
questions on payments.

U.S. corruption investigators have gone behind the back of Downing Street
to fly a British witness to Washington, D.C., to testify about Saudi arms
deals with the U.K. arms firm BAE Systems, the Guardian newspaper disclosed Monday. In
a hitherto secret move, Swiss federal prosecutors have also agreed to
hand over to U.S. Justice Department investigators financial records linked to the Saudi royal
family.

The U.S. is seeking – but has so far been refused – more than a
million pages of documents seized from BAE, its bankers, Lloyds TSB,
and Britain’s Ministry of Defense during an investigation by Britain’s Serious
Fraud Office.

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