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Rio Tinto group

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) opened an investigation in 2017 into suspected corruption in the conduct of business in the Republic of Guinea by the Rio Tinto Group, its employees and others associated with it.

We conducted a comprehensive investigation exploring several different lines of enquiry in cooperation with international partners, including the Australian Federal Police, US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the French National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF).

As a responsible prosecutor we must ensure all our cases meet the stringent evidence and public interest tests set by the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

We review all our cases on an ongoing basis to help us deliver justice for victims and value to the public.

In August 2023, following our latest review of the investigation, we concluded that it is not in the public interest to proceed with a prosecution in the UK and closed our case.

The Australian Federal Police maintains a live investigation into this matter and we continue to support their ongoing case.

Page published on 24 Jul 2017 | Page modified on 24 Aug 2023