Organisation: Unaoil

US appeals court rules Unaoil docs should remain sealed

The Fifth Circuit said documents tied to the sentencing of former Unaoil executive Saman Ahsani should stay out of the public eye for now, though it acknowledged “numerous procedural irregularities” by a lower court as it dealt with media organisations’ attempts to unseal information in the case.

07 August 2023

Prosecutors ask Fifth Circuit to keep Unaoil documents sealed

Proceedings in the sentencing of Saman Ahsani that contained information about his cooperation were rightfully closed because they were akin to a sidebar, the government said.

09 May 2023

Press appeals Texas court’s decision to keep Unaoil docs under seal

GIR, the Guardian and the Financial Times argue the judge violated the First Amendment and common law when he denied their motion to unseal and closed part of Ahsani’s sentencing to the public without notice.

07 April 2023

Press asks court to expedite appeal in unsealing of Unaoil exec’s sentencing docs

Saman Ahsani, a key player in the Unaoil bribery scheme, was recently sentenced to a relatively short prison term of just one year and one day, raising questions about the nature of his cooperation with DOJ prosecutors.

17 March 2023

SFO leaders reveal hiring woes

Nearly one in five roles at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office are vacant or filled by temporary workers as the agency admits it struggles to recruit “ambitious people”.

20 October 2022

SFO reviewers detail “endemic” resourcing issues

The authors of two reports into failings at the UK’s Serious Fraud Office said a lack of resources is the biggest issue the agency faces.

19 October 2022

SFO reviews pile on the pressure

UK practitioners condemned the UK’s anti-fraud watchdog for the “basic” failures described in recent reviews of the agency and say the reports provide an urgent opportunity for learning and reflection by the SFO and the government.

28 July 2022

UK MP: appoint a non-executive SFO chair to avoid future leadership failure

01 July 2022

Third person convicted in UK Unaoil case launches appeal

Another former Iraq territory manager at the controversial Monaco consultancy wants his conviction thrown out over the SFO’s failure to disclose its contact with a non-legal “fixer”.

07 June 2022

Government review into SFO's Unaoil failures delayed

06 June 2022

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