WA Today on 21st July reported that a guilty plea in a London court has alleged what the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have not said – that Australian construction giant Leighton Holdings bribed its way to a billion-dollar contract in Iraq.  A guilty plea by Basil Al Jarah, Iraq manager for Unaoil, raises the question why not a single former Leighton executive been charged with bribery.  It could mean further investigation into the former Leighton executives who hired or dealt with Unaoil.  If the guilty plea by Jarah and his testimony is correct, the conspiracy continued for almost 2 years after AFP began its probe into the very same bribery.  Court files name Jarah’s alleged co-conspirators as the 3 members of the Ahsani family who managed Unaoil.  The SFO recently dropped criminal investigations against the Ahsanis, but the investigation into Unaoil, the company, continues.  The FBI also continues its own investigation into the company and the Ahsani family.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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