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Iraq Bribery Trial starts in London

By John Lee. The trial has begun in London of three British businessmen accused of conspiring to pay bribes totalling $6m (£4.6m) to win contracts in Iraq worth $800 million. According to the UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Monaco-based Unaoil bribed Iraqi officials to help Dutch-based SBM Offshore [Single Buoy Moorings], and Singapore's Leighton Offshore, […]

CIMIC settles "Bribery" Class Action

Australian construction giant CIMIC, formerly known as Leighton Holdings, has reportedly settled a long-running class action with investors over allegations its senior executives had knowledge of corrupt behaviour relating to the Unaoil bribery scandal that hit the company's share price. The class action alleged that CIMIC failed to comply with its continuous disclosure obligations and […]

Unaoil Directors Plead Guilty in US

Two brothers have pleaded guilty in the US to facilitating the payment of millions of dollars in bribes to officials in nine countries, including Iraq. Cyrus Ahsani, 51, and Saman Ahsani, 46, both of United Kingdom (UK), ran the Monaco-based oil and gas consultancy Unaoil. They are due to be sentenced on 20th April, 2020. […]

Former Unaoil Exec pleads Guilty to Iraq Corruption

Former Unaoil executive pleads guilty to conspiracy to give corrupt payments Basil Al Jarah, Unaoil’s former partner in Iraq, pleaded guilty on 15 July 2019 to five offences of conspiracy to give corrupt payments in connection with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO)’s investigation into Unaoil. The offences relate to the award of contracts to […]

UK Starts Corruption Proceedings against Unaoil

The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has commenced criminal proceedings against Unaoil Monaco SAM and Unaoil Ltd as part of an ongoing corruption prosecution. This follows charges already brought against four individuals for alleged conspiracy to make corrupt payments to secure the award of contracts in Iraq. Unaoil Ltd has been summonsed with two offences […]

Two more charged in UK’s Unaoil Investigation

The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged two further individuals in relation to the Unaoil investigation. Paul Bond and Stephen Whiteley have both been charged with conspiracy to make corrupt payments to secure the award of contracts in Iraq to Unaoil’s client SBM Offshore. The charges relate to alleged corrupt conduct within Unaoil, between […]

Two charged in UK's Unaoil Investigation

The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged two individuals in relation to the Unaoil investigation. Ziad Akle (42) and Basil Al Jarah (68) have both been charged by requisition with conspiracy to make corrupt payments to secure the award of contracts in Iraq to Unaoil’s client SBM Offshore. Akle, who resides in London, was Unaoil’s […]

Unaoil takes Legal Action Against UK SFO

By John Lee. Monaco-based Unaoil, which has been implicated in an international bribery scandal, has launched legal action against the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office (SFO), alleging that it has unlawfully misused its powers. The SFO is currently conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of Unaoil, its officers, its employees and its agents in […]

UK opens Criminal Investigation into Unaoil

By John Lee. The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has announced that it is conducting a criminal investigation into Unaoil, the Monaco-based company that has been implicated in an international corruption scandal. A statement from the SFO called for information relating to the allegations: "The SFO is conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of […]

Unaoil Claims it was Blackmailed

By John Lee. Monaco-based Unaoil , which has been accused of widespread bribery and corruption in the Iraqi oil industry, has issued a statement claiming that it has been the victim of an extortion attempt. The full statement from Unaoil follows: Unaoil can confirm it has been the victim of a four-month extortion attempt by […]

Audio: BBC Investigation into Iraq Oil Corruption

BBC's File on 4 has produced a 38-minute programme on the recent allegations of corruption in the Iraqi oil industry, following the leaking of emails from Unaoil. The Monaco-based company denies that it helped companies win contracts by corrupting politicians and government officials.  Jane Deith has been given access to the leaked papers and reveals […]