There is nothing in that story to support the above... It merely states that it (allegedly) happened in one particular instance....
Well, BAE are being prosecuted now over a separate set of bribes.
Oh, and these are the foreign gentlemen that bridge builder Mabey & Johnson were convicted of bribing recently.
Overseas politicians and officials named as recipients of bribes from Mabey and Johnson
Ato Qarshie (former roads minister) £55,000
Saddique Bonniface (minister of works) £25,500
Amadu Seidu (former deputy roads minister) £10,000
Edward Lord-Attivor (chairman inter-city transport corp) £10,000
Dr George Sepah-Yankey (health minister) £15,000
Zina Andrianarivelo-Razafy (permanent representative at the UN) $5,000
Lt-Col Jean Tsaranasy (former public works minister) £33,000
Joseph Uriah Hibbert (former works minister) £100,0000
Antonio Gois (former general manager state bridges agency) $1.2 m
Joao Fucungo (former director state bridges agency) $13,000
Carlos Fragoso (former head of DNEP, directorate of roads and bridges) £286,000
Khandaker Rahman (chief engineer, roads & highways dept)http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/sep/25/mabey-johnson-foreign-bribery
If you've ever done any business with any Yank companies, mememe, you'll have noticed that they are extremely hot on bribery and corruption and won't award any business until they've got pages of declarations and warranties.
Breach those and you'll be in handcuffs on a plane to a Federal penitentiary (assuming you're not British and not French or Russian because those are two of the countries that sensibly refuce to extradite their own nationals).
There's more on the UK's bad reputation here.
This thread is about national ethical deficits, isn't it?