Bribery Verdicts

Hard Landing in Frankfurt

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Frankfurt airport under scrutiny.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The nine-month trial comes to a close, pending appeal, just as another case of corruption at Frankfurt Airport – an alleged tax-evasion scheme involving illegal cargo and baggage handlers – comes to light.

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    • Frankfurt Airport is the third-busiest airport in Europe after London Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airports.
    • Businessmen paid bribes to obtain an order to develop a new cargo center near the airport, called Cargo-City Süd.
    • The court sentenced well-known Frankfurt real-estate developer Ardi Goldman to two years and eight months in prison and demanded repayment of around €14.4 million.
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A state court in Frankfurt on Tuesday handed out multi-year jail sentences and tens of millions of euros in fines to several German businessmen, including two prominent ones. The people were found guilty of bribery in the award of building rights for an expansion project at Frankfurt Airport.

Pending appeal, the nine-month corruption trail comes to a close just as another major scandal at Frankfurt Airport – the third-busiest airport in Europe after London Heathrow and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airports – comes to light. In early October, police and customs officers raided companies involved in an alleged €17.6 million, or $18.7 million, tax-evasion scheme involving illegal cargo and baggage handlers.

While it may still take time for state prosecutors to win convictions in that latest case of corruption at Frankfurt Airport, yesterday’s verdict exposed an extensive, unrelated scheme.

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