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The Independent Online

In an article entitled "Total charged with corruption over Iraqi oil-for-food project" published on 7 April, The Independent incorrectly said BAE Systems had admitted it paid bribes in connection with its business in Saudi Arabia. In fact, BAE Systems PLC pleaded guilty in March to misleading the US government between 2000 and 2002 about steps the company took at that time to ensure compliance with anti-corruption legislation. US prosecutors said BAE Systems was aware there was a high probability that millions of dollars the company paid to intermediaries would be used in tender processes.