Paris court sentences two former Technip execs for Nigeria bribes
Friday, February 1, 2013 at 6:38AM
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Two former executives of French engineering and construction giant Technip S.A. were handed light fines by a Paris court Wednesday for their role in the multi-million dollar bribery scheme to win contracts for development of the Bonny Island gas facility.

Jean-Marie Deseilligny, Technip's general manager, and Etienne Gory, the company’s commercial manager for Africa, were ordered to pay fines of €10,000 and €5,000 respectively.

Paris-based Technip S.A. was a partner in the TSKJ Nigeria consortium with Snamprogetti Netherlands B.V., Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. (KBR), and JGC Corporation. Between 1995 and 2004, TSKJ won four contracts worth more than $6 billion for the Bonny Island facility.

In earlier FCPA settlements reached with the U.S. Justice Department, the TSKJ partners admitted paying $132 million to a Gibraltar corporation controlled by London lawyer Jeffrey Tesler and $51 million to Marubeni of Japan. The money was intended to be used to bribe Nigerian government officials.

The DOJ and SEC recovered more than $1.7 billion in penalties and disgorgement from TSKJ and its agents. Four of the six biggest FCPA cases of all time involve TSKJ.

Jeffrey Tesler, TSKJ's former agent, is now serving a 21-month sentence in a U.S. prison, and Jack Stanely, KBR's ex-CEO, is serving 30 months.

In the Paris action, the €10,000 and €5,000 fines fell short of the €100,000 fines for Deseilligny and Gory that prosecutors had asked for.

Last year, the OECD Working Group on Bribery published a report praising France for stepping up anti-corruption efforts but calling on Paris to tighten laws and boost fines.

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Maria Dolores Hernandez J. is a researcher for ethiXbase.

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