Arrest over $1.5b Unaoil bribery scandal

Former Leighton Holdings government David Savage has stepped out of resort quarantine and into police custody over his alleged function in a world bribery scandal involving profitable Iraqi oil fields.

Australian Federal Police on Monday charged Mr Savage, 60, with knowingly offering deceptive data in breach of the companies act.

He’d simply accomplished 14 days in a resort quarantine facility after arriving from France on December 27.

The arrest is expounded to a nine-year investigation into alleged improper funds made by a Leighton subsidiary in 2010 and 2011.

The funds associated to 2 contacts with Iraq Crude Oil Export price almost $US1.5 billion.

Investigators alleged Leighton Offshore funnelled bribes by entities related to Iyer-associated firms and Unaoil to “assure approvals for the Iraq Crude Oil Export contracts”.

“Police will allege the important thing targets of the bribery scheme have been Iraqi Ministry of Oil officers and authorities officers throughout the South Oil Firm of Iraq,” federal police mentioned on Monday.

Leighton, now often called CIMIC, reported the alleged incident to federal police in late 2011.

The following investigation has concerned the seizure of greater than two million paperwork throughout 10 international locations.

Mr Savage, a former chief working officer for Leighton, is predicted to face Sydney’s Central Native Courtroom.

A Brisbane man, 54, was charged in November with overseas bribery offences whereas a warrant for a 3rd man, aged 62 and dwelling abroad, has been issued.

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