Two sentenced in German Eurofighter embezzlement trial -prosecutors

(This March 29 story corrects charge to embezzlement from corruption in headline and first paragraph.)

BERLIN (Reuters) – Two suspects who pleaded guilty to charges of embezzlement in the sale of Eurofighter jets to Austria were handed suspended jail terms by a Munich court, prosecutors in the city said on Friday.

They were sentenced on charges of embezzlement and aiding and abetting embezzlement, a spokeswoman said, adding that proceedings against other individuals had been halted, either because they had paid fines or because they faced equivalent in Austria.

Among those sentenced was a former Airbus manager, she said.

German prosecutors last year ordered Eurofighter parent company Airbus to pay 81.25 million euros ($91.24 million) to settle one of two investigations into alleged corruption surrounding the sale of Eurofighter jets – known as Typhoon in Britain – to Austria in 2003.

Reporting by Joern Poltz; Writing by Thomas Seythal, editing by Thomas Escritt

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