Alcatel to appeal 76-million-dollar fine
The Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE) is claiming 76 million dollars from the French company Alcatel for damages and harm caused by the poor quality of a 400,000-line cellular telephone network.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
ICE has also broken the operating and maintenance contract that it signed with the company in December 2002.
ICE claims that Alcatel attempted to bribe them in order to be awarded contracts, the Justice Department thinks otherwise.
El Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), Costa Rica's telecommunications and electricity provider, filed a complaint in Miami, Florida, against Alcatel Lucent S.A. and other related parties.
To avoid prosecution in the United States for bribes paid in Costa Rica, Taiwan and Kenya, Alcatel-Lucent agreed to pay $137.4 million.
The agreement includes the acknowledgment on behalf of Alcatel of having bribed Costa Rican public officials.
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