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Corruption probe into Rolls Royce and Daimler’s newest subsidiary

Prosecutors are investigating corruption allegations at Daimler and Rolls Royce's newest subsidiary, German specialist engine manufacturer Tognum.

Corruption probe into Rolls Royce and Daimler's newest subsidiary
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The allegations involve alleged kickbacks and bribes worth millions of euros in connection with arms deals in South Korea, according to the prosecutors in the company’s home state of Baden-Württemberg.

A Tognum board member who had some responsibility for Asian business functions is being specifically investigated, prosecutors told the DPA news agency.

Tognum had hired accounting firm Ernst & Young to examine business irregularities it said it had identified in its subsidiary MTU Asia. The 200-page report is now before public prosecutors and has obviously been deemed credible enough to open the criminal investigation.

Bloomberg News said the report described parties involving South Korean defence officials at red-light district nightclubs.

A company spokesman said that the supervisory board would meet on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

Tognum builds engines for boats, tanks and locomotives as well as emergency generators. It was recently taken over by a joint venture between Daimler and Rolls Royce, and is currently in the process of being integrated into that new business.

The Local/DPA/mdm

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

READ ALSO: The German rules of the road that are hard to get your head around

In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

READ ALSO: The German road signs that confuse foreigners

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