Nigeria to charge Dick Cheney in $180 million bribery case, issue Interpol arrest warrant

By John Byrne

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 — 8:37 am

The company that Vice President Dick Cheney ran prior to becoming
Vice President of the United States was atop the tongue of every liberal
each time his company was awarded a contract in Iraq.

Now the company’s name is being spoken somewhere else: Nigeria.

According to a story filed late Wednesday, Cheney will be indicted
in a Nigerian bribery case as part of an investigation into an alleged
$180 million bribery scandal.

“Last week, Nigeria arrested at least 23 officials from companies
including Halliburton, Saipem, Technip and a former subsidiary of
Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG in connection with alleged illegal
payments to Nigerian officials. Those detained were all freed on bail on
Nov. 29,” Bloomberg News’ Elisha Bala-Gbogbo wrote.

“Authorities in the West African nation are probing Halliburton,
Saipem and Technip for the alleged payment of $180 million in bribes to
win a $6 billion liquefied natural-gas contract,” Bala-Gbogbo added.
“Panalpina is being investigated for illegal payments it allegedly made
to Nigerian customs officials on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.”

The prosecuting counsel for the country’s Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission said that indictments will be handed down in the next
three days and that an arrest warrant… >>>

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