Deutsche Bahn subsidiary involved in Greece bribes-for-contracts scandal

A subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German state-run transport group, is accused of paying up to 315,000 euros in bribes over the past ten years to win contracts in Greece, reports said Tuesday.

According to a report in Sueddeutsche Zeitung, a Frankfurt prosecutor investigating corruption in the country's railways said DB International had used the money to secure contracts during construction of the Proastiakos suburban railway connecting Athens International Airport and Corinth south of the capital.

A total 37 employees of the company are being probed by the prosecutor while the company is suing 10 former staff for damages, the report said.

The company has reportedly withdrawn from Greece and other “corruption-prone” countries including Algeria, Libya, Rwanda and Thailand.