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Monday, 13 May 2019

Former Nigerian president denies oil corruption allegations

Goodluck Jonathan, the former president of Nigeria, has denied allegations that he accepted bribes to broker a $1.3 billion deal for Nigerian oilfield OPL-245, according to a statement his office released on 12 May.

Jonathan claims that the accusations, made by lawyers for the Nigerian government in a court filing in London, are “a recycled falsehood that is blatantly dishonest, cheap and predictable”.

His statement reaffirms that he was never involved in any bribery and has never opened an account or owned property outside of Nigeria.

Dutch oil company Shell and Italian oil company Eni are currently being tried in Italy on suspicion of bribing Nigerian officials to win the rights to OPL 245 in 2011.

DOJ reveals reasons for seeking disqualification of Huawei lawyer

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a filing on 10 May that former Deputy Attorney General James Cole should be barred from representing Chinese telecoms company Huawei because of a conflict of interest.

In a filing to the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the DOJ said that Cole, now a partner at Sidley Austin in Washington, DC, acted on a connected matter while deputy attorney general from 2010 to 2015. The DOJ redacted the specific matter referenced in the document.

Prosecutors in Brooklyn unveiled charges against Huawei and its CFO Wanzhou Meng on 29 January. The same day, Seattle prosecutors revealed they had charged the company with trade secret theft. 

Former head of Danish regulator charged over Danske Bank money laundering

Danish prosecutors have indicted Henrik Ramlau-Hansen, the former chairman of Denmark’s Financial Supervisory Authority, and raided his home in Copenhagen in connection with the Danske Bank money laundering scandal, according to Danish newspaper Børsen.

Ramlau-Hansen has been charged with failure to prevent certain transactions at Danske Bank while he was finance director between 2011 and 2015. He has so far declined to comment.

Ten other former Danske Bank executives have also been charged in relation to the alleged money laundering scheme, in which up to €200 billion in suspicious transactions flowed through the bank’s Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015.

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