Eastbourne printing firm penalty used to buy ambulances in Nairobi

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A £2million penalty imposed on an Eastbourne printing firm for making corrupt payments to public officials in Kenya and Mauritania has been used to buy ambulances in Nairobi.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson officially handed over the seven ambulances bought with money that Smith and Ouzman was ordered to pay after the company and two of its directors were convicted in a Serious Fraud Office investigation and prosecution in 2014.

The court case ended with the then sales and marketing director of the firm, Nicholas Charles Smith, 43, of Cavendish Avenue, and his father Christopher John Smith, 71, the former chairman of the company, both receiving jail sentences although Christopher Smith’s sentence was suspended.

The court heard the company and the two men were involved in bribing officials to award them the tender for printing ballot papers and examination materials respectively.

Smith & Ouzman, which specialised in the printing of security documents such as certificates and ballot papers, was found guilty of parting with £400,000 in bribes to the Kenyan officials.

The British government had promised to commit to social development projects in Kenya the money recovered from the printing company.