United States: In setback for U.S. bribery prosecution, judge acquits on some charges

A federal judge on Wednesday tossed all bribery charges on which a former executive at French industrial company Alstom SA had been found guilty at trial, a setback for U.S. prosecutors in a case that has tested the scope of an anti-bribery law.

The judge let stand the jury conviction on four money laundering charges of the former executive, Lawrence Hoskins, in November.

Hoskins, a UK citizen who had worked for Alstom in Asia, was charged in 2012 with conspiring to bribe Indonesian officials to secure a power plant contract, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the U.S. anti-bribery law.

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