EADS offices searched in corruption probe

Eurofighter jet The investigation centres on the sale of Eurofighter jets

Offices of European aerospace group EADS have been searched by authorities in Germany as part of a probe into alleged corruption.

The investigation centres on the sale of Eurofighter jets to Austria.

Public prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch confirmed the raids took place on Tuesday and said "several people" were under suspicion.

An EADS spokesman said the company was supporting the authorities with their investigation.

Reports suggest three offices were searched, two in the Munich area.

The accusations refer to the sale of 15 Eurofighters, down from an original order of 18, to the Austrian government in 2007.

EADS owns plane maker Airbus and was recently forced to cancel merger plans with the UK's BAE Systems because of political opposition.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Business stories


Features & Analysis

  • Baby in boxStrange case

    The remarkable appeal of the Finnish baby boxes

  • WW1 gas mask being demonstratedTrench terror

    Did the soldiers of WW1 have an irrational fear of poison gas?

  • Mitt Romney, speaks at the podium as he concedes the presidency during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention 7 November 2012Aura of a loser?

    Mitt Romney looked presidential but could never pull it off

  • A woman holds up a feminist sign.PC virus

    Is liberal speech policing out of control?

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ReadingBest books

    BBC Culture takes a look at ten books you should read in February


  • A car being driven by Cruise Automation technologyClick Watch

    The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.