United Kingdom: SFO withheld ‘potentially embarrassing’ evidence in Unaoil bribery probe, court hears

The UK Serious Fraud Office deliberately withheld “potentially embarrassing” evidence about the conduct of senior executives during an investigation into bribery at oil and gas consultancy Unaoil, the Criminal Court of Appeal heard on Thursday.

Lawyers acting for Ziad Akle, a former Unaoil executive who was convicted and jailed for bribery last year, told the three judges that the anti-graft agency withheld documents that revealed the extent of the relationship between senior officials, including its director Lisa Osofsky, and an unofficial agent acting for the Ahsani family, who founded Unaoil.

Akle is appealing against his conviction and five-year sentence, claiming the SFO abused legal process during its investigation.

This article was originally posted on ft.com


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