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Ryanair Investigated For Fraud In Belgium

Wed Nov 23, 2005 11:17 pm

Charleroi judicial authorities are investigating the cheap flight airline, Ryanair, for allegations of fiscal fraud and forgery. Two directors are to be heard by the examining magistrate at the beginning of next month.
Investigators are concentrating mainly on activities at Promocy, the Charleroi Airport promotion company. That company is half owned by the Walloon government. The other half is in the hands of the airline, Ryanair.
It seems that Promocy is used to finance free or almost free tickets, whereby passengers only pay airport taxes. It is therefore alleged that these tickets are partly finance with taxpayers money.

The examining magistrate has also concerns about a number of Ryanair invoices.

Investigators are looking into the authenticity of these invoices, in order to establish whether the airline is guilty of fraudulent tax evasion.

Two Ryanair directors, Michael Cawley and Bernard Berger, have been summoned to appear before the examining magistrate in early December. They are to answer to allegations of fiscal fraud and forgery of documentation.

So far, no comment has been made from the Irish airline.
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RE: Ryanair Investigated For Fraud In Belgium

Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:12 am

Is this only in Belgium or are their other cases in the past or ongoing in other countries
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RE: Ryanair Investigated For Fraud In Belgium

Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:11 am

That should stop the big mouthed bloke who thinks he is above the law.I suspect they knew it was coming when EEC looked into the "so called deal". Maybe all other airport deals need looking at. I seem to remember that there is an incentive for all or most ryaniar stops. The blarney will not rescue them and I hope they are fined to make them stop thinking they can fleece the authoritites with impunity
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RE: Ryanair Investigated For Fraud In Belgium

Thu Nov 24, 2005 7:47 am

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 2):
I hope they are fined

Even if they are fully exonerated? That would be unjust. If, however, Ryanair is found guilty, after a due process, then it should rightly be punished.
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