UK Court Examines Bahrain's PM's Role in Fishy Alba Aluminum Deals

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On Monday, a British court took a look at documents “purporting to show that Bahrain’s prime minister had direct influence over the affairs of aluminum smelter Alba when it was making deals now at the heart of a major corruption case,” reports Reuters.

“The documents were shown by a lawyer for British-Canadian businessman Victor Dahdaleh, who is on trial accused of paying some $67 million in bribes to former Alba managers in return for a cut of contracts with suppliers worth more than $3 billion.”

“One of Britain’s biggest corruption cases for years, the trial has opened a rare window ontobusiness practices normally shielded from public view in secretive Bahrain and comes at a sensitive time of political unrest in the tiny Gulf kingdom.”

“London-based Dahdaleh, 70, has pleaded not guilty to eight criminal charges brought by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in relation to events between 1998 and 2006 at Bahraini state-controlled Alba, the world’s fourth-largest aluminum smelter.”

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