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Taiwan probes Foxconn ex-employees over bribery claims

Published on Jan 22, 2014 3:55 PM
 
The logo of Foxconn, the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, is seen on top of the company's headquarters in Tucheng, New Taipei city, on Dec 24, 2013. Taiwanese authorities launched island-wide raids to investigate allegations that some former managers at the technology giant Foxconn had solicited bribes from suppliers, prosecutors and the company said on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese authorities launched island-wide raids to investigate allegations that some former managers at the technology giant Foxconn had solicited bribes from suppliers, prosecutors and the company said on Wednesday.

More than a dozen people, including former employees, were questioned and at least one suspect was detained as investigators on Tuesday searched 19 locations including residences and offices of suppliers, local media said citing authorities.

The investigation is the latest setback for the company, which has come under the spotlight after suicides, labour unrest and the use of underage interns at its Chinese plants in recent years.

The "integrity of our employees and suppliers is something we take very seriously... The discovery that a small group of employees and suppliers violated our code of conduct is very disappointing," the company said in a statement Tuesday.

 
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