UK court adjourns Bahrain alumina fraud case

Metals magnate, former Alba chief exec facing corruption charges over supply deals
UK court adjourns Bahrain alumina fraud case
The UKs Serious Fraud Office has brought the case to court.
By Reuters
Mon 16 Apr 2012 07:00 PM

A British court adjourned a case involving metals magnate Victor Dahdaleh and former Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) chief executive Bruce Hall, who appeared on Monday to face corruption charges linked to the supply of alumina to Bahrain.

Jordan-born Dahdaleh, a former donor to Britain's Labour party and US President Bill Clinton's charitable activities, is alleged to have paid bribes to officials of Alba in connection to contracts with US aluminium giant Alcoa , according to Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Hall, who has been extradited from Australia, is alleged to have received the bribes during his tenure as head of Alba, according to the SFO, which is investigating.

The two appeared at Southwark Crown Court but did not enter pleas. The case was adjourned to May 25, with a provisional trial scheduled for April next year.

Dahdaleh's website, quoting a spokesman for legal firm Allen & Overy, said he believes the investigation into his affairs was flawed and he will be contesting the charges vigorously, confident of clearing his name. (>)

Alcoa last year filed a request with the US District Court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, seeking to dismiss a civil suit filed against it by Alba, and involving Dahdaleh and others.

The US Court had previously halted the civil proceedings to await the outcome of investigations into the case by the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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