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IN THIS SECTION: Comments 2020 legal activity against Unaoil -------------------- Comments: As with anything involving Iraq or the Middle East, keep an eye on sectarian battles anywhere, including inside courtrooms. Be sure to identify the racial, country, political, ideological and religious identities of people reporting on these topics. Although this particular topic seems global, multifaceted with many players, and responded to by diverse legal responses including more than one country and agency, hidden sectarian issues can be lurking around the corners. The Age 2016 The company that bribed theworld Excerpt: UNAOIL: THE COMPANY THAT BRIBED THE WORLD In the list of the world's great companies, Unaoil is nowhere to be seen. But for the best part of the past two decades, the family business from Monaco has systematically corrupted the global oil industry, distributing many millions of dollars worth of bribes on behalf of corporate behemoths including Samsung, Rolls-Royce, Halliburton and Australia's own Leighton Holdings. Now a vast cache of leaked emails and documents has confirmed what many suspected about the oil industry, and has laid bare the activities of the world's super-bagman as it has bought off officials and rigged contracts around the world. note: Huffington Post might have issues blocking objective reporting while promoting certain themes. See: disenfranchise-white-men-is-declared-hate-speech-in-south-africa/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.58de41ff6568 Al Jazeera 2020/10/08 UK Oil Executive sentenced over Iraq bribery plot. https //www aljazeera com/news/2020/10/8/uk-oil-executive-sentenced-over-iraq-bribery-plot source: reuters 2020/10/08 Former Unaoil executive sentenced over Iraq bribery worth $1.7bn: t his is the third sentence handed down by a London judge after a five-year investigation Basil al-Jarah admitted to paying $17m in bribes to clinch $1.7bnworth of oil projects in post-occupation Iraq A British former executive at Monaco-based oil and gas consultancy Unaoil has been sentenced to three years and four months in jail for bribing Iraqi public officials to clinch $1.7bn worth of oil projects in post-occupation Iraq. https //www aljazeera com/news/2020/10/8/uk-oil-executive-sentenced-over-iraq-bribery-plot source: reuters Reuters 2020/07/ 13 Former Unaoil managers convicted in Britain of Iraq bribery. By Kirstin Ridley https //uk reuters com/article/uk-britain-unaoil-corruption/former-unaoil-managers-convicted-in-britain-of-iraq- bribery-idUKKCN24E20Y Excerpt from Reuters-2020/07/13: LONDON (Reuters) - Two former managers of Monaco-based energy consultancy Unaoil have been convicted in Britain of bribing Iraqi officials to clinch lucrative oil projects as the war-ravaged country tried to boost exports after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The verdict marks a milestone in the British arm of a four-year, global inquiry into how Unaoil, once run by the prominent Ahsani family, helped major Western companies secure energy projects across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa over two decades. A London jury found British-Lebanese Ziad Akle, Unaoil’s former Iraq territory manager, and Stephen Whiteley, a British former manager for Iraq, Kazakhstan and Angola, guilty of plotting to make corrupt payments to secure oil contracts between 2005 and 2010. But after a marathon 19 days of deliberations, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case against Paul Bond, a British one-time Middle East sales manager for Dutch-based oil and gas services company SBM Offshore. He faces a retrial, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) confirmed. The three men denied any wrongdoing. “These men dishonestly and corruptly took advantage of a government reeling from dictatorship and occupation and trying to reconstruct a war-torn state,” said SFO head Lisa Osofsky. “They abused the system to cut out competitors and line their own pockets.” https //uk reuters com/article/uk-britain-unaoil-corruption/former-unaoil-managers-convicted-in-britain-of-iraq- bribery-idUKKCN24E20Y SMH Sydney Morning Herald 2020/07/24 Justice for the Iraqi people': Unaoil executive jailed in massive oil corruption scandal. By Bevan Shields. https //www smh com au/world/europe/justice-for-the-iraqi-people-unaoil-executive-jailed-in-massive-oil- corruption-scandal-20200723-p55ez1 html London: A British judge says the jailing of a man who "sold his soul" by joining a major corruption ring will hopefully offer some sense of justice to the Iraqi people whose vast oil fields were exploited after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Ziad Akle was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for his "leading role" in the Unaoil corruption scandal first exposed by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in 2016. https //www smh com au/world/europe/justice-for-the-iraqi-people-unaoil-executive-jailed-in-massive-oil- corruption-scandal-20200723-p55ez1 html The FCPA Blog [FCPA says of itself: News and commentary about white-collar crime, enforcement, and compliance] 2019/11/06 Who did Unaoil work for? By Richard L. Cassin https //fcpablog com/2019/11/06/who-did-unaoil-work-for/ Excerpt: According to data from FCPA Tracker, Unaoil has been identified as an intermediary in FCPA-related investigations involving these firms: Honeywell International Inc.; Baker Hughes; John Wood Group PLC; TechnipFMC plc; SBM Offshore N.V.; Petrofac Limited; KBR, Inc.; FMC Technologies, Inc.; Core Laboratories N.V.; ABB Ltd The agencies involved in the still-open investigations include the DOJ and SEC, along with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the UK Serious Fraud Office, the Brazil Office of the Comptroller General, the Brazilian Federal Prosecutor’s Office, and the Scotland Crown Office. The DOJ information (charging document) against the Ahsani brothers said in addition to SBM Offshore Rolls- Royce plc, 25 other companies were part of the Unaoil bribe-paying conspiracy. The DOJ didn’t name the 25 companies. Rolls-Royce reached a global settlement with prosecutors in the UK, the United States, and Brazil in January 2017 that required it to pay a combined total of about $809 million. SBM Offshore paid the DOJ a criminal penalty of $238 million in November 2017 to resolve FCPA offenses in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan, and Iraq. https //fcpablog com/2019/11/06/who-did-unaoil-work-for/ Updates: 2021/01/05 PAGE STARTED-Unaoil, moved from rivergold dot net, with some additions today (SMH, Reuters, Al Jazeera showing 2020 July activity)
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