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Breaking News: Dick Cheney Charged In $180 Million Bribery Scheme

Breaking News: Dick Cheney Charged In $180 Million Bribery Scheme

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed charges against former Vice President Dick Cheney and the head of oil services firm Halliburton, over an alleged $180 million scheme to bribe Nigerian officials.

The EFCC filed 16-count charges at a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday against Cheney, who once headed Halliburton, David Lesar, Halliburton Chief Executive, and two other executives of the company, in a case that dates back to the 1990s.

Halliburton Pleaded Guilty

Houston-based engineering firm KBR, a former unit of Halliburton, pleaded guilty last year to U.S. charges that between 1994 and 2004, it paid $180 million in bribes to Nigerian officials to secure $6 billion in contracts for the Bonny Island liquefied natural gas project in the Niger Delta.

At that time, KBR and Halliburton reached a $579 million settlement in the United States, but Nigeria, France and Switzerland have conducted their own investigations into the case. This was one of the biggest fines ever paid by a U.S. company in a foreign corruption case.

Destruction Of The Niger Delta

Given that the oil industry in the Niger Delta has brought impoverishment, conflict, human rights abuses and despair to the majority of the 31 million people living there, it would be nice if they could benefit from any settlement in this case.

Amnesty International Speaks Out

From Amnesty International: Pollution and environmental damage caused by the oil industry have resulted in violations of the rights to health and a healthy environment, the right to an adequate standard of living (including the right to food and water) and the right to gain a living through work for hundreds of thousands of people.

“Oil companies have been exploiting Nigeria’s weak regulatory system for too long,” said Audrey Gaughran of Amnesty International. “They do not adequately prevent environmental damage and they frequently fail to properly address the devastating impact that their bad practice has on people’s lives.”

For the record, Halliburton is the world’s second largest oilfield services corporation with operations in more than 70 countries. It has hundreds of subsidiaries, affiliates, branches, brands and divisions worldwide and employs over 50,000 people. Net income for 2009 was $1,145 million.

Former British KBR Executive Pleads Guilty

In a related story, a former British executive of KBR pleaded guilty in the same case on Monday, December 6, in a federal court in Houston, Texas. Wojciech Chodam was extradited from Britain to face charges in the U.S. and can now expect to spend five years in prison, with sentencing predicted for February 22, 2011.

Could the same punishment happen to Dick Cheney?

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2:52PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

he personifies ugly

10:27PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

Couldn't happen to a nicer Vader!

2:53AM PST on Dec 20, 2010

Whats the rush? It's about time Cheney !

7:09PM PST on Dec 17, 2010

When will the forces of reason and justice act against people like Slimball Cheney? When will the American people insist that the rule of law be applied equally? Clinton and co. rail against Assange yet murmur not a word about other travesties of justice.

2:24PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

How ironic that Cheney would meet his match in Nigeria,
where they really know about scams.

3:20PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

about time, he has a lot to answer for

9:14PM PST on Dec 14, 2010

Noted

5:12AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

So! Tricky Dicky is caught up in it at last! What say YOU HILLARY CLINTON ? Here is a REAL TERRORIST: Give him a verbal thump to the head at least,or do you hold Haliburton shares?

5:03AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

i don't know if he's guilty or not...it does seem suspicious...nigeria is not the country where i'd want to be found guilty of bribery...and does this mean that the officials who accepted the bribes will also be charged and made to return the money??? this is the real problem i have...we can't just go after one part of the crime....it involves a lot of people and all are involved....and if bribery happened...then it involves those who paid the money, those who offered it, those who took it and those who knowingly benefited from it....could be a very large group...

4:22AM PST on Dec 14, 2010

Halliburton is the world's second largest oilfield services corporation with operations in more than 70 countries. Halliburton is also one of the leading company's that has profited from the 2 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. WHY did we invade these countries?

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