Slightly odd

Berry is being investigated over alleged corrupt payments to secure contracts for a different company in another African country, Nigeria.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO), in collaboration with Australian police, has made a series of arrests and raids during their inquiry into alleged multimillion bribes to Nigerians. Berry rejects the allegations, saying he is a \”businessman of good reputation and standing\”.

I wouldn\’t state this categorically, but I\’d certainly float the siggestion that there\’s not been a contract awarded in Nigeria without bribery in, oooh, 30 years?

As with working in Russia, it\’s simply part of the cost of doing business there.

4 thoughts on “Slightly odd”

  1. There are principles and then there is reality.

    In some countries if you don’t want to pay a bribe, you don’t get to do business. The fact that our authorities try to pretend that its not the case and have stretched their juristiction to places that are no longer part of the empire, is another reason to wish a pox on all their houses.

  2. So by definition anyone who has major business in Nigeria should be arrested, like ohhh, for instance every board member of Royal Dutch Shell since the early 1990’s and anyone whose bought (for example) Bonny Light, Qua Iboe, Brass River or Forcados crude oil or been involved in it’s sale downstream.

    By the time we get to that lot we’ve arrested most of the executives of the Oil companies in the Western Hemisphere.

    So tell me, at what point do we stop this crusade against bribery and corruption which is criminalizing the US and the UK at the expense of standard business practice in the developing world?

    Taking the moral high ground is one thing, but this is just taking the fucking piss.

  3. Small bribes are necessary, and are covered in the legislation under ‘facilitation payments’; huge bribes are not.

    Hmmm. Any contract we award over $500k must have approval from the government regulatory body. Often, this government regulatory body will instruct us to award the contract to a certain company, which one of the body’s member happens to own a major share in. This is regardless of price. In other words, we must transfer a chunk of consortium money into the private pockets of an individual working for the government in order to proceed. This can be called a bribe or a facilitation payment, but it is often not small.

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