CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 16, 1977
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(Studio) Japan investigation into alleged bribes by Boeing Aircraft Corp. noted; Boeing denies charges. Is revealed company being investigated on same charges involving other cntries.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Securities and Exchange Commission probes Boeing payments to foreign agents and some foreign officials. State Department goes to court to keep names of foreign officials secret, similar to Lockheed scandal case. (Boeing Corporation films shown.) 2 payments produce public allegations of bribery: in Egypt against former Egyptian government aviation official Helmi Shams in connection with sale of 707's to Egypt Air; and in Venezuela, where case concerns purchase of 737 for presidential airliner. Venezuela Airline Vice President Jose Pigna has been arrested in connection with case. Other cntries. to which records show Boeing made payments are Argentina, Brazil, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, United Arab Emirates, Sudan and India. Boeing statements with regard to issue noted. [Video Difficulty
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