Raids in France over Telia bribery scandal
According to media reports, the French police have raided a number of locales in connection with a Swiss investigation connected to the Telia-Sonera bribery scandal.
Telia-Sonera is the result of the merger of the former public telephone companies of Sweden and Finland, and is the largest telecoms operator in the Nordic region.
The company is accused of paying bribes to the daughter of the dictator of Uzbekistan to secure the rights to a mobile phone license there.
The disclosure comes from Swedish Television, the TT news agency, and several Swiss media. They report that on June 18 the French financial police, La Brigade de Recherche, raided several residences simultaneously, in cooperation with the Swiss police. The aim was to “procure documents and possibly so the French authorities could confiscate property”.
The exact location of the raids is not known, but Gulnara Karimova, daughter of the Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov, owns an apartment in Paris and a hotel on the Riviera.