Rolls-Royce in the dock

After decades of “egregious criminality”, Rolls-Royce has been fined £671m. Now the focus is on its former top brass, says Ben Judge

If it’s not profit warnings with Rolls-Royce, it’s bribery and corruption. Last week, the High Court decided the engine-maker was guilty of “devastating, egregious criminality”, making “truly vast, corrupt payments” in 11 countries around the world, including Nigeria, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, India, China and Malaysia. The corruption involved, “on the face of it, very senior” Rolls-Royce employees. The subsequent investigation led to 38 staff being disciplined, with 11 leaving and six being dismissed. Rolls-Royce has apologised unreservedly for [...]