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Dick Cheney Faces Bribery Scandal Charges In Nigeria

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11902489

Dick Cheney faces bribery scandal charges in Nigeria Mr Cheney was Halliburton's chief executive before becoming vice-president to George W Bush Continue reading the main story

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Nigeria oil sabotage 'increasing' Are Africa's commodities an economic blessing? Nigeria country profile Nigeria's anti-corruption agency is to charge former US Vice-President Dick Cheney over a bribery scandal that involves a former subsidiary of energy firm Halliburton.

The case centres on engineering firm KBR, which admitted bribing officials.

A lawyer for Mr Cheney said allegations he was involved in the scandal were "entirely baseless".

Mr Cheney was Halliburton's chief executive before becoming vice-president to George W Bush in 2001.

A spokesman for the anti-corruption agency, Femi Babafemi, said the charges were likely to be brought against Mr Cheney next week.

Mr Babafemi said the charges were "not unconnected to his role as the chief executive of Halliburton".

KBR last year pleaded guilty to paying $180m (£115m) in bribes to Nigerian officials prior to 2007, when it was a subsidiary of Halliburton. The firm agreed to pay $579m (£372m) in fines related to the case in the US.

But Nigeria, along with France and Switzerland, has conducted its own investigations into the case.

Mr Cheney's lawyer, Terence O'Donnell, said US investigators had "found no suggestion of any impropriety by Dick Cheney in his role of CEO of Halliburton".

"Any suggestion of misconduct on his part, made now, years later, is entirely baseless," Mr O'Donnell said.

Office raid

The bribes concerned the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in southern Nigeria.

KBR and Halliburton have now split, and Halliburton says it is not connected with the case against KBR.

Halliburton denies involvement in the allegations.

It has complained that a raid on its office last week by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission officials was "an affront against justice".

Ten people were detained for questioning and later released.

A prosecutor quoted by the Agence France-Presse news agency said those charged would include former and current leaders of Halliburton and officials from firms in a consortium involved in the LNG plant.

Nigeria is a member of the oil cartel Opec and is one of the world's biggest oil exporters.

In the words of Victor Meldrew

Dick Cheney? Corrupt?

"I don't believe it" :o:)

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So we had Cheney running around the world bribing corrupt third world officials with hundreds of millions of dollars for exclusive access to their mineral rights. If the regime weren't interested in the deals they could always be changed until someone who was could get involved. And if regimes did need changing then he could supply a privatised army.

And we had Rumsfeld being CEO of the company with the rights to Tamiflu during the time when a global bird-flu panic, and later leaving but retaining multi-millions is stock, against all anti-trust regulations when billions in orders were received from governments all around the world.

But at least they are free-market Friedmanite capitalists not evil socialist types....

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In most african and middle eastern countries, bribes are simply part of normal business.

And that doesn't excuse it.

Interestingly Nigeria has an long standing ex-tradition treaty with the US, and so should be able to enforce it. That said their are rumours that Halliburton will pay a $500m fine for charges to be dropped.

The US should send Cheney anyway, otherwise questions really do need to be asked about how he and the bankers have got away free.

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So we had Cheney running around the world bribing corrupt third world officials with hundreds of millions of dollars for exclusive access to their mineral rights. If the regime weren't interested in the deals they could always be changed until someone who was could get involved. And if regimes did need changing then he could supply a privatised army.

And we had Rumsfeld being CEO of the company with the rights to Tamiflu during the time when a global bird-flu panic, and later leaving but retaining multi-millions is stock, against all anti-trust regulations when billions in orders were received from governments all around the world.

But at least they are free-market Friedmanite capitalists not evil socialist types....

At least Rumsfeld had to divest of all his Gilead stock as did Cheney of his Haliburton before re-entering government. But what about all the MPs who have BTL empires and can vote on housing benefit legislation without even disclosing this fact.

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Dick Cheney is not the kind of guy that you should mess with. Some say that he was head of Murder Inc in his heyday, he even shot a guy that didn’t agree with him just to get his point across.

I thought he was just sh*te at hunting.

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thats the official version

Well his daughter is a lesbian and he was very prominently seen in a wheelchair at Obama's inauguration. All adds up to some sad sack who has to kill Iraqis remotely to maintain his manhood.

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KBR last year pleaded guilty to paying $180m (£115m) in bribes to Nigerian officials prior to 2007, when it was a subsidiary of Halliburton. The firm agreed to pay $579m (£372m) in fines related to the case in the US.

Classic stuff. If they are willing to pay £115m in bribes how much profit are we talking about in the related deals? (a $7.5bn USD project) No doubt they could afford to increase the bribes by another £372m to allow the "authorities" in on the action. :rolleyes: same same but different.

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Dick Cheney is not the kind of guy that you should mess with. Some say that he was head of Murder Inc in his heyday, he even shot a guy that didn’t agree with him just to get his point across.

......Marty Robins must have had him in at least one of his ballads ..... :rolleyes:

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Dick Cheney is not the kind of guy that you should mess with. Some say that he was head of Murder Inc in his heyday, he even shot a guy that didn’t agree with him just to get his point across.

Does the boogie man check his closet for Dick Cheney, before going to sleep at night?

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