The deal was said to be the biggest in
history [EPA]

British defence giant BAE systems says it is to launch an independent investigation into allegations it paid up to a billion British pounds in bribes to a Saudi Arabian prince.

The claims relate to BAE winning the biggest arms order in history from the Saudis during the 1980s.

Both BAE and Saudi's Prince Bandar bin Sultan deny the allegations.

Do the claims have any grounds?

Did any payments amount to bribery, or were they legitimate business practice?

And what does it mean for BAE, one of the world's biggest defence firms?

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