Allegations of bribery involving China companies have become common in Africa.
A few years ago, Kenya opposition lawmakers accused the government of ignoring tender procedures when it awarded a contract for the country's digital TV signal distribution to China's Pan African Network Group.
Last year, Tanzania accused Beijing-based China Communication Construction of corruption in connection to another port project. Prosecutors charged the former head of the Tanzania Ports Authority and his deputy with fraudulently awarding a bloated contract worth more than $523 million to CCC for a port expansion.
Tanzania abandoned the project after officials said costs billed by CCC were double those for similar port projects.
In 2013, the Zambia government terminated a $210 million closed circuit television camera contract with China's ZTE because of alleged corruption.
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In Algeria in 2012, ZTE and Huawei Technologies were convicted of corruption. The companies were banned from state telecoms tenders for two years for bribing executives at state-owned Algérie Télécom.
In that case, an Alegerian court sentenced three Chinese executives to ten years in prison in absentia for paying $10 million in bribes through offshore accounts in Luxembourg.
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