Bruce Allan Hall, who was extradited from Australia, has been charged at Westminster Magistrates Court with corruption offences relating to contracts for the supply of goods and services to a Bahraini company. He has been released on conditional bail to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 2 March 2012.
Mr Hall (D.O.B 14/02/53), an Australian national is alleged to have received bribes whilst an employee of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. ("Alba"), a smelting company in Bahrain. These payments received in connection with contracts to supply goods and services to Alba. The period covered by the charges spans 1998 to 2006.
The charges are:
- Conspiracy to corrupt contrary to Section 1, Criminal Law Act 1977 and Section 1, Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
- Corruption contrary to Section 1, Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
- Acquiring and transferring criminal property contrary to Sections 329(1) and 327(1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
The investigation by the Serious Fraud Office opened in July 2009 with assistance from the City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit. Additionally the SFO has been in liaison with foreign authorities.
This case has been sent to Southwark Crown Court. Co-defendant Victor Dahdelah, (see note 2) is also listed to appear at Southwark Crown Court for a Mention hearing on 2 March 2012.
Notes for editors:
- The Serious Fraud Office is a government department responsible for investigating and prosecuting serious and complex fraud. The SFO is headed by the Director (Richard Alderman) who exercises powers under the superintendence of the Attorney General. These powers are derived from the Criminal Justice Act (1987).
- SFO charging press release 24 October 2011 in relation Victor Dahdaleh
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