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F.H. Bertling Ltd

Angolan operations

On 13 July 2016, F.H. Bertling Ltd and seven individuals were charged, by requisition, in connection with a Serious Fraud Office investigation. The SFO alleges that Peter Ferdinand, Marc Schweiger, Stephen Emler, Joerg Blumberg, Dirk Juergensen, Giuseppe Morreale, Ralf Petersen (now deceased) and F.H. Bertling Ltd conspired together and with others to make corrupt payments, contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, to an agent of the Angolan state oil company, Sonangol, to allow F.H. Bertling Ltd. to conduct its freight forwarding business operations in Angola and/or to assist F.H. Bertling Ltd. to retain contracts, be paid for contracts and/or be awarded contracts for the supply of freight forwarding services in the country. The alleged activity occurred between January 2004 and December 2006.

F.H. Bertling Ltd and the above-named individuals were requisitioned to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 4 August 2016. The trial is scheduled to commence on 12 September 2017 at Southwark Crown Court.

Project Jasmine

On 28 April, 3 May and 17 May 2017, the SFO further charged Colin Bagwell, Robert McNally, Georgina Ayres, Giuseppe Morreale, Stephen Emler, Peter Smith and F.H. Bertling Ltd with conspiracy to make or accept corrupt payments, contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, for assisting F.H. Bertling Ltd in being awarded or retaining contracts for the supply of freight forwarding services to a North Sea oil exploration project known as Jasmine. The alleged activity occurred between January 2010 and May 2013.

In addition, Colin Bagwell, Christopher Lane and Peter Smith have been charged with a separate count of conspiracy to make or accept corrupt payments, contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977. The alleged activity occurred between January 2010 and December 2010.

F.H. Bertling Ltd and the above-named individuals were requisitioned to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 19 May 2017. The next court appearance will be 27 July 2018 at Southwark Crown Court.

Page published on 22 Jul 2016 | Page modified on 22 Jun 2017