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Bruce Hall and Victor Dahdaleh

Bruce Hall confiscation order paid in full: 31 July 2014

The Serious Fraud Office can today announce that a £3 million confiscation order imposed at the request of the SFO has been paid in full.

Bruce Hall, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison for conspiracy to corrupt on 22 July 2014, was ordered to pay the confiscation order of £3,070,106.03 or face serving an additional term of imprisonment of 10 years. Further information on Mr Hall's trial and sentencing can be found here.

Mr Hall also paid in full a compensation order of £500,010 to Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), where he served as CEO from September 2001 to June 2005 and where his corrupt activities took place. He paid a further £100,000 as a contribution to prosecution costs.

The payment of Mr Hall's confiscation order was received by HM Courts & Tribunals Service on 24 July 2014. The compensation order and contribution to prosecution costs were also paid on 24 July 2014.

Commenting on the resolution of the confiscation order, Mark Thompson, Head of the SFO's Proceeds of Crime Division, said: "The SFO is determined to prevent those convicted of financial crime from keeping hold of their illegally-obtained gains. Mr Hall has wisely and promptly paid the confiscation and compensation orders imposed on him in full and in doing so has avoided a lengthy extension to his custodial sentence. The SFO welcomes Mr Hall's cooperation."

Statement: 10 December 2013

The SFO has today offered no evidence against Victor Dahdaleh, having concluded that there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction in this case.

The SFO had previously obtained the conviction of a conspirator, Bruce Hall, who pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to corrupt. Mr Dahdaleh was the only remaining defendant in the case.

The two principal issues leading to the SFO's decision are:

  • Bruce Hall pleaded guilty and gave evidence for the prosecution. The account he gave in court differed markedly from the witness statement he had provided to the SFO.
  • Two key witnesses from the USA were unwilling to attend trial in the UK and face cross-examination. That impacts on the fairness of the trial as well as the prospects of conviction.

The statement made to the court contains more information.

Previous press releases issued in respect of these two cases are here and here.

Additionally:

An SFO spokesperson said:

"Alba in Bahrain gave its documents to Akin Gump, the company's lawyers.

"The SFO framed specific requests to Akin Gump for that documentation and obtained what was requested.

"The SFO also obtained evidence from other sources including banks and individuals. Thereafter the SFO made its own evaluation and assessment of that evidence. Faced with that evidence Bruce Hall was extradited from Australia and pleaded guilty to a conspiracy with Victor Dahdaleh, Sheikh Isa bin Ali al-Khalifa and others to corrupt.  No aspect of this investigation was outsourced."