10 thoughts on “Libya, Bahrain and the London School of Economics

  1. UK charges businessman with Bahrain bribery

    By: The Associated Press | 10/28/11 6:13 AM

    British authorities have charged a London-based businessman with bribing officials at Bahrain’s state-owned aluminum manufacturer, including a prominent member of the country’s royal family.

    The Serious Fraud Office says Victor Dahdaleh is charged with corruption over contracts with U.S.-based Alcoa Inc., for shipments of the raw material alumina to Bahrain from Australia.

    The alleged offenses took place between 2001 and 2005.

    The fraud office confirmed Friday that Sheik Isa bin Ali al-Khalifa, son-in-law of Bahrain’s prime minister, is named as an alleged recipient of corrupt payments. Spokesman David Jones said wrongdoing by any Bahraini nationals “would be a matter for the Bahraini authorities to consider.”

    Dahdaleh is due to appear in a London court Monday.

  2. Billionaire businessman granted bail in bribe case

    By DAVID STRINGER
    Associated Press

    2011-11-01 12:14 AM

    A billionaire businessman accused of bribing officials in Bahrain, including a prominent member of the country’s royal family, was granted bail Monday by a British court in exchange for a 10 million pounds ($16 million) security bond.

    Victor Dahdaleh, 68, who is British and Canadian, is charged with corruption offenses related to contracts between Bahrain’s state-owned aluminum manufacturer and the U.S.-based Alcoa Inc.

    Prosecutors alleged that the offense, linked to payments for the shipments of the raw material alumina to Bahrain from Australia, took place between 2001 and 2005.

    District Judge Quentin Purdy told Dahdaleh he would be granted bail until an appearance at London’s Southwark Crown Court on Jan. 13.

    He ordered Dahdaleh to post 10 million pounds in security and said he must observe a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew at his central London home.

    Friends and relatives of the billionaire, including senior executives from Credit Suisse and oil giant BP, also agreed to offer 1.42 million pounds (US$2.3 million) in sureties.

    Dahdaleh is the chairman and owner of metals and chemicals firm Dadco and a trustee of the Clinton Foundation. He also has had close ties to Britain’s Labour Party.

    Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said he is alleged to have offered corrupt payments to Sheik Isa bin Ali al-Khalifa, son-in-law of Bahrain’s prime minister. The office confirmed that an investigation begun in 2009 had involved the U.S. Department of Justice and authorities in Switzerland.

    Dahdaleh has not entered a plea, but in a statement issued through his lawyers denied any wrongdoing and promised to “vigorously contest” the allegations.

    The businessman has surrendered his British and Canadian passports, and Purdy ordered him not to attempt to leave Britain before his next court appearance.

  3. Tripoli militias in hospital firefight

    LIBYA: A gunfight broke out between forces loyal to the new Western-backed regime outside Tripoli’s main hospital on Monday morning, leaving seven dead including a bystander.

    Doctors at Mitiga Hospital reported that trouble flared when militiamen from Zintan who had earlier shot a man demanded entry to the hospital to kill him.

    One of the group began firing after they were told to leave.

    A brigade of gunmen from Tripoli waded in to protect the doctors, sparking a fierce clash.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/111433

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