Solicitor held on US charge of involvement in Nigeria bribery

Pubblicato il 6 Marzo 2009 12:00 | Ultimo aggiornamento: 6 Marzo 2009 12:00

A British solicitor was arrested yesterday over allegations that he broke US anti-corruption laws by channelling millions of pounds in bribes to Nigerian officials to win construction contracts.

Jeffrey Tesler, 60, was detained at a business address in Tottenham, north London, following an extradition request from the US authorities, Scotland Yard said. The US has issued a second warrant for the arrest of another Briton, 71-year-old Wojciech Chodan. Prosecutors in Houston, Texas, said the men were charged with conspiring to breach the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

They are alleged to have helped steer bribe money from former Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) to officials of the Nigerian government to win contracts valued at more than $6bn (£4.26bn). Authorities say Chodan discussed using Tesler and other…

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