Ericsson breaches prosecution deferment again

Ericsson breaches prosecution deferment again

Ericsson has again breached its US deferred prosecution for withholding information about making payments to terrorist groups to conduct operations in Iraq, further engulfing the Swedish equipment maker in controversy.

The company said in a statement the US Department of Justice labelled its information into Iraqi operations as “insufficient” ahead of a 2019 $1bn settlement over corruption.

The DoJ decided Ericsson breached its deferred prosecution again after infringing in October for reasons not stated, by not making additional disclosures about Iraq after 2019.

“At this stage it is premature to predict the outcome of this matter,” said Ericsson.

Ericsson is the largest equipment vendor in the world and has won more key 5G contracts than rivals Huawei and Nokia.

Ericsson said last month it might have made payments to Isis and other terrorist groups in Iraq for access to transport routes in the country.

A leaked document revealed last month the company may have been involved in corruption in a number of other countries.

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