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Airbus offices raided in 'Kazakhgate' corruption probe

French inves­ti­ga­tors raid­ed the offices of European avi­a­tion giant Airbus last week as part of a cor­rup­tion probe over a mas­sive 2010 trade deal with Kazakhstan, legal sources said Tuesday.

An Airbus spokesman con­firmed the search Thursday in the Paris sub­urb of Suresnes, telling AFP that the group was “ful­ly com­mit­ted to coop­er­at­ing with the authorities”.

The probe, opened in March 2013 and dubbed “Kazakhgate” in France, seeks to estab­lish whether kick­backs were paid to inter­me­di­aries in the October 2010 deal under the pres­i­den­cy of con­ser­v­a­tive Nicolas Sarkozy.

Under the deal worth an over­all 2.0 bil­lion euros ($2.4 bil­lion), Eurocopter, now Airbus Helicopters, sup­plied 45 heli­copters to Astana while French group Alstom sup­plied 295 trains.

Police ques­tioned Airbus CEO Tom Enders, two oth­er top Airbus Group offi­cials and lawyer Noelle Lenoir in October as wit­ness­es at the request of finan­cial investigators.

Airbus offices raid­ed in ‘Kazakhgate’ cor­rup­tion probe