The investigation is one of several corruption cases facing Europe’s largest aerospace company. In a statement, Airbus did not mention the status of a parallel Austrian investigation into the same arms deal.
In a separate case, Airbus said that it had been ordered to pay 104 million euros ($126.82 million) after arbitration over alleged breach of contract in the sale of missiles to Taiwan by one of its subsidiaries in 1992.
A major sale of French arms to Taiwan in that year triggered a series of corruption cases and led to arbitration awards against other French companies.
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Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Richard Lough