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Unaoil

In July 2016, the SFO opened a criminal investigation to the activities of Unaoil, its officers, its employees and its agents in connection with suspected offences of bribery, corruption and money laundering.

The SFO charged four individuals with conspiracy to give corrupt payments to secure the award of contracts in Iraq to Unaoil’s client SBM Offshore

  • Basil Al Jarah, who was Unaoil’s Iraq partner, charged with two offences of conspiracy to give corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906. 
  • Ziad Akle, who was Unaoil’s territory manager for Iraq, charged with two offences of conspiracy to give corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
  • Paul Bond, charged with two offences of conspiracy to give corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
  • Stephen Whiteley, charged with two offences of conspiracy to give corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.

In May 2018, the SFO brought additional charges against Basil Al Jarah and Ziad Akle relating to corrupt payments to secure the award of a contract worth US$733 million to Leighton Contractors Singapore PTE Ltd for a project to build two oil pipelines in southern Iraq.

  • Basil Al Jarah was charged on 15 May 2018 with two offences of conspiracy to give corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.
  • Ziad Akle was charged on 16 May 2018 with one offence of conspiracy to give corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

In July 2019, Basil Al Jarah pleaded guilty to five offences of conspiracy to give corrupt payments. 

In July 2020, the SFO secured convictions for Ziad Akle, guilty on two counts and Stephen Whiteley, guilty on one count of conspiracy to give corrupt payments. 

For more information please see the related press releases section.

We have been approached by a number of sources who may have information relevant to this investigation. If you have any information please contact us through our secure and confidential reporting channel. When providing information please quote ‘Unaoil investigation’ on the reporting form.

 

Tudalen wedi ei chyhoeddi ar 19 Gor 2016 | Tudalen wedi ei haddasu ar 11 Awst 2020