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Six Japanese found guilty in Lockheed bribery case

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Karla Vallance / January 27, 1982


A court found the head of a major Japanese airline and five other defendants guilty Tuesday of involvement in the $12 million Lockheed bribery scandal but gave them suspended sentences of six months to three years.

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The verdict will not directly affect the separate trial of former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, but it is widely regarded as a further setback for a man who is still a political force. Lockheed pleaded guilty to charges of paying nearly $2 million in bribes to Japanese officials and businessmen and hiding the payoffs in a successful attempt to sell its L-1011 TriStar planes.