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Gemalto targeted by a judicial investigation for corruption in Africa


The investigation targeting the chip card manufacturer Gemalto was opened in June for bribery of a foreign public official in an organized gang.

A judicial investigation targeting government contracts concluded between the smart card manufacturer Gemalto, acquired in 2019 by Thales, and several African countries was opened in June, the national financial prosecutor's office said on Tuesday, confirming information from Mediapart.

This judicial investigation was opened on June 13, 2022 for bribery of a foreign public official in an organized gang, aggravated laundering of bribery of a foreign public official and association of criminals.

The case arose from a report from Tracfin, Bercy's financial intelligence unit, and first gave rise to the opening of a preliminary investigation, relating to government contracts concluded by Gemalto, now Thales DIS, with several African states, confirmed the PNF.

Several searches were carried out in October, the source said.

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According to Mediapart, the investigation

"covers about ten government contracts

(identity cards, electoral cards, license plates)

won by Gemalto between 2015 and the beginning of 2019"

, in particular on

"commissions affected, to win these contracts, through several intermediaries


Thales “cooperates fully”

The investigations would relate in particular to a contract of more than 46 million dollars won in 2016 from the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of Congo, indicates the site.

They would also be interested in another contract won in 2017 in Senegal on driving licenses and license plates, as well as in an Israeli intermediary from Gemalto who would have negotiated two contracts in Cameroon and another in Senegal.

Contacted by AFP, Thales confirmed that its subsidiary had been

"given in October 2022 a judicial requisition to communicate documents and information in connection with contracts won by Gemalto before its acquisition by Thales in 2019"


The group assured

“to cooperate fully with the judicial authorities in the context of this procedure”


“It strictly complies with national and international regulations”

and practices a zero-tolerance policy with regard

to “corruption and influence peddling”

, he added.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-02-07

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