Blair: Ending Saudi arms probe was right decision

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January 16, 2007 21:18

 
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Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that Britain needed Saudi Arabia's help in fighting terrorism, and that ending a bribery probe of Saudi arms deals with BAE Systems PLC was the right decision. Blair has come under criticism for calling off the Serious Fraud Office's probe of allegations that BAE made unauthorized payments to members of the Saudi royal family to secure a contract in the 1980s. In Paris, the OECD's international anti-bribery panel said Tuesday that it has asked Britain to explain its reasons for halting an investigation into Saudi arms deals.

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