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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

ENRC files new judicial review claim against SFO

Kazakh mining company ENRC has restarted a legal battle against the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over the agency’s  handling of a corruption case against the company.

ENRC’s High Court filing requests an order forcing the SFO to resurrect an internal investigation it launched over allegations that it improperly gathered evidence during an investigation into alleged bribery by ENRC in Kazakhstan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

ENRC initially called for judicial review over the matter in August 2018, but withdrew the claim after the SFO started the inquiry.

The SFO dropped the inquiry in June, which ENRC’s lawyers argued was due to the company filing a £70 million civil damages claim against the SFO in April. ENRC said it would be forced to restart the judicial review proceedings as a result.

The SFO said in an emailed statement that allowing the review to continue parallel to the proceedings would be an “unwarranted use of public resources”.

Brazilian transportation company settles bribery probe for $100 million

Brazilian transportation company EcoRodovias has agreed a 400 million reais ($99.96 million) leniency agreement with Brazil’s Federal Prosecution Service (MPF) to resolve allegations of corruption and money laundering.

The MPF said in a statement published on 12 August that the company paid bribes to government officials in the Brazilian state of Paraná to win the contract to build a highway. The company has admitted to the misconduct, according to the MPF. 

The MPF said that 370 million reais ($92.4 million) of the fine will go towards repairing damage to the road and reducing tolls for users by 30%.

The leniency agreement must now be ratified by the Federal Court of Curitiba and the MPF’s Fifth Chamber of Coordination and Review, the agency said in a statement.

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