Australian on bail in Bahrain corruption case

Former Aluminium Bahrain employee is alleged to have received bribes for contracts
Australian on bail in Bahrain corruption case
The UKs Serious Fraud Office
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 17 Feb 2012 09:45 AM

Bruce Allan Hall, who was extradited from Australia, has appeared in a London court charged with corruption offences relating to contracts for the supply of goods and services to a Bahraini company. 

He has been released on conditional bail to appear at Southwark Crown Court on March 2, the UK's Serious Fraud Office said in a statement.

Hall, an Australian national, is alleged to have received bribes while an employee of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), a smelting company in Bahrain, the statement added. 

The payments received were in connection with contracts to supply goods and services to Alba. The period covered by the charges spans 1998 to 2006.

The investigation by the Serious Fraud Office opened in July 2009 with assistance from the City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit. Additionally the SFO has been in liaison with foreign authorities, the statement said.

This case has been sent to Southwark Crown Court.  Co-defendant Victor Dahdelah is also listed to appear at Southwark Crown Court for a Mention hearing on March 2.

Dahdaleh, an international businessman, was charged last October with corruption offences relating to contracts for the supply of aluminium to Bahrain. 

He is alleged to have made payments of bribes to officials of Alba. The payments were in connection with contracts with a US company, Alcoa Inc, for supplies of alumina shipped to Bahrain from Australia, it is alleged.

Separately, Alba, which owns the world's fourth-largest aluminium smelter, saw its full year 2011 net income jump 53 percent to $564m, the company said on Thursday.

However, Alba also said production only increased by 3.6 percent while sales were up 4.5 percent.

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