United Kingdom: Former oil executive appeals British Unaoil bribery conviction

A man convicted in Britain over how oil contracts were secured in post-occupation Iraq lodged an appeal on Monday, in another potential blow to one of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) most high-profile bribery cases.

Paul Bond, 69, received a three-and-a-half year jail sentence in March after an investigation into how Monaco-based oil consultancy Unaoil won contracts for Western clients in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

The appeal by the former manager at Dutch energy services company SBM Offshore follows the Dec. 10 decision by London’s Court of Appeal to overturn the conviction of his former co-defendant Ziad Akle, once a Unaoil manager for Iraq.

The court ruled that serious SFO failures rendered Akle’s trial unfair and Bond’s appeal will pile more pressure on SFO director Lisa Osofsky 10 days after the Attorney General ordered an independent review of the case.

This article was originally posted on reuters.com

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