FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A joint venture of EADS
The Atlas Elektronik joint venture and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics were searched as they are suspected of paying 18 million euros ($24 million) in bribes and of avoiding taxes, the prosecutor's spokesman said.
He was confirming a report in German paper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
EADS and ThyssenKrupp both confirmed the raid on their unit, which they bought from BAE Systems
ThyssenKrupp said it had discovered the matter itself "as part of a compliance investigation" and notified the authorities in 2010 about it.
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(Reporting by Myria Mildenberger and Peter Dinkloh; Editing by Hugh Lawson)