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Former Security Chief of Geneva Airport Convicted of Corruption

The Geneva Criminal Court sentenced the former security chief of Geneva Airport to three years in prison, six months of which were to be served without parole, for passive bribery on Friday. The man had accepted money to favour a company in order to obtain contracts from the airport. Appearing in a simplified procedure, the former executive was found guilty of passive bribery, disloyal management, breach of official secrecy, incitement to forgery and aiding and abetting fraud against the unemployment insurance. In 2012, the former security chief had entered into a "corruption pact" with the head of a company in order to grant the company several service contracts from Geneva Airport. He was to influence the awarding process so that the airport would select the relevant company. Among other things, the company was awarded contracts for security training at the airport. In return, the head of the company paid the former security chief an unjustified benefit, equivalent to half of the company's profits. Between 2012 and 2019, the former security chief received more than 450,000 francs on various accounts in this way. The man, who was dismissed after the affair came to light in 2019, appeared in court alongside the head of the company. The latter, who also admitted the offences, was found guilty of active bribery, forgery and aiding and abetting fraud against the unemployment insurance. He was sentenced to a suspended sentence of two years. The two men must also pay the Geneva Airport more than 450,000 francs in compensation for the damage and 70,000 francs for the costs of the proceedings.nnnnnnnnnn


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