Two directors of a British defence company being investigated by FBI over Afghanistan bribery allegations

Robert Gillam and Simon Davies are directors at Mondial Defence Systems

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The Independent Online

Two directors of a British defence company are under investigation by the FBI and UK police regarding allegations of bribery to secure multimillion-dollar contracts relating to Afghanistan, The Independent can reveal.

Robert Gillam and Simon Davies of Mondial Defence Systems were arrested on 2 December, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (Sigar) to the US Congress and US Secretaries of State and Defence.

Mondial, which makes and supplies equipment ranging from explosives to mine detectors, “has completed substantial logistic support for the UK and US governments in overseas deployments”, according to its website.

The US government document said the two Britons were questioned about an alleged “kickback” scheme in August 2009. It claimed this involved payments to secure contracts worth nearly $5.9m (£3.8m).

A legal spokesperson for Mondial said: “We do not have any comment to make.”