On 17 August, the Wall Street Journal reported that a second appeal is to reopen the long-running prosecution of a former British Alstom SA executive Lawrence Hoskins. He was found guilty in late 2019 of helping to bribe Indonesian officials. However, a district court judge partly overturned the conviction, ruling that federal prosecutors hadn’t shown sufficient evidence that Mr. Hoskins, a British citizen who worked in Paris, fell under the reach of US law. The concern is that the government could find it more difficult to prosecute foreign nationals who allegedly play a role in arranging bribes for US-linked companies without ever setting foot in the US.
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