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AlcaLu's Malay Malaise

1:40 PM -- Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) can't seem to escape the shadow of a bribery scandal that happened in 2006 in Malaysia before Alcatel and Lucent had merged.

A former Alcatel employee, Radziah Ani, was charged on Tuesday with bribing an assistant manager at Telekom Malaysia Bhd. in order to help it win an equipment supply contract. Ani allegedly paid 25,000 Malaysian ringgit (US$8,300) in February 2006 to obtain information about competitors' bids for a contract. AlcaLu later won the deal.

In March, AlcaLu was banned for a year from bidding on any new supply contracts at Telekom Malaysia and Axiata Group Berhad , following the settlement of bribery investigations at the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in December 2010.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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