RNW, 17 May 2011
Dutch-based multinational electronics company Philips is suspected of the systematic bribing of hospital administrators in Poland.
Public broadcaster NOS and the newspaper Financieele Dagblad (FD), reported this on Tuesday based on research material they have obtained from the Polish public prosecutor.
The hospital administrators are said to have purchased equipment from Philips in return for the bribes. According to the FD, The Polish Judiciary believes that Philips established a fund to finance the bribes.
The German subsidiary of Philips in Hamburg is believed to be involved in the case.
Three former employees of Philips and several hospital administrators will be required to appear in court. The hospital staff have since been dismissed.
The study focuses on twenty cases of bribery in southern Poland. Philips is working on its own internal investigation into the matter.