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Janilee Wolff
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« on: December 03, 2010, 12:52:03 am »

Nigeria: Dick Cheney To Be Charged Over Alleged Bribery Case

First Posted: 12- 2-10 10:37 AM   |   Updated: 12- 2-10 01:26 PM




Nigerian authorities will charge former Vice President Dick Cheney over a bribery scandal that is alleged to involve Halliburton, BusinessWeek reports. An arrest warrant "will be issued and transmitted through Interpol," said Godwin Obla, the prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria.

The charges center on an alleged $180 million bribery payment used to secure a $6 billion liquefied natural gas contract. Prosecutors are also looking into international companies Saipem and Technip. Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000, before becoming George W. Bush's running mate. "As the CEO of Halliburton, he has the responsibility for acts that occurred during that period," Obla told the AFP.

Nigeria arrested 12 employees of Halliburton earlier in the week, reports Reuters. The firm's offices in Nigeria were raided by anti-corruption police, although the company said that the detentions "had no legal basis and that its employees had since been freed."

Nigeria's Guardian newspaper reported that charges against Cheney were confirmed by the government and included "criminal conspiracy."
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2010, 12:55:56 am »

Don't forget Karl Rove!  There is a guy who should be trading cigarettes for his life in a federal penitentiary.
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