Details of BAE arms deal begin to emerge via FOI requests

BAE Systems has confirmed to the Financial Times that "support services" were paid for and provided to senior Saudi Arabian officials as part of a major arms deal.

The company commented on the nature of payments at the heart of bribery allegations surrounding the Al Yamamah defence contract in a letter from its solicitors to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in November 2005. BAE's lawyers confirmed to investigators that payments had been made for the provision of "support services" to Saudi officials, although it did not say what these services were.

BAE told the SFO that the allegations were unfounded, noting that details of the letter were released late on Wednesday under freedom of information laws.

BAE reported confirming Saudi "support services" deals (The Scotsman, 4 April 2006)