Jet engine maker Rolls Royce has agreed to pay 671 million pounds (USD 808 million) for settling corruption and bribery charges brought by authorities in US, Britain and Brazil.
A UK High Court judge will examine the deferred prosecution agreement during a public hearing on Tuesday. The scandal involved intermediaries in overseas markets including Indonesia and China.
Rolls-Royce said in a statement that the "voluntary agreements" will result in the suspension of prosecution. But Transparency International's UK executive director Robert Barrington says individuals should be prosecuted so the case serves as a deterrent to bribery.
He says that "whether or not this settlement is in the public interest, the key individuals responsible for corrupt behaviour must not be allowed to evade justice.