Friday, December 10, 2010

Hey Interpol! Why Don't You Issue an Alert For This Criminal?

It seems to me the lesson of the Wikileaks revelations and the international manhunt for it's activist founder, Julian Assange, is that if you threaten to expose corporate crime, you are a target. If you commit corporate crime, people conveniently look the other way. Otherwise, why wouldn't Interpol arrest this man?:

Halliburton may pay $500 million to keep Cheney out of prison: report

By Daniel Tencer
Thursday, December 9th, 2010 -- 10:52 pm

 Halliburton may pay $500 million to keep Cheney out of prison: report

Oilfield services company Halliburton is in negotiations with the Nigerian government to keep its former CEO, Dick Cheney, out of prison, according to a news report.
Sources inside Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission told GlobalPost this week that a settlement keeping the charges against Cheney out of court could cost as much as $500 million.
Nigeria filed charges against Cheney this week in an investigation of alleged bribery estimated at $180 million. Prosecutors named both Halliburton and KBR in the charges, as well as three European oil and engineering companies -- Technip SA, EniSpa, and Saipem Construction.
The charges allege that engineering contractor KBR, until 2007 a subsidiary of Halliburton, was among companies that paid bribes to secure a $6 billion contract for a natural gas plant. KBR pleaded guilty to the same bribes in a US court in 2009, and agreed to pay a $382 million fine. The Nigerian charges appear to stem from the US case -- though, in that trial, Cheney was never directly charged.

Anyone care to issue a citizen's arrest?!


Tanya Savko said...

I'm speechless.

Robert Paulsen said...

Just astounding. Here's an update on that situation:

Report: Nigeria to drop charges against Cheney
Former VP and Halliburton were accused of bribery over natural gas project

LONDON — Nigeria will drop charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and Halliburton, the oil-services firm he once headed, after the company agreed to pay up to $250 million to settle a bribery case, the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper reported Wednesday.

The charges stem from a case involving millions allegedly paid in bribes to Nigerian officials by Halliburton and other firms to win a contract to build a $6 billion liquefied natural gas plant in Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta.

So if you represented a corporation willing to spend a QUARTER OF A BILLION DOLLARS, you too can bribe your way out of a bribery charge! I have nothing but disgust for everyone involved in this case.