Defense attorneys entered a trove of emails and secretly recorded phone calls into the court record Tuesday, supporting their claim that the government entrapped their clients through an elaborate FBI undercover sting targeting the defense products industry.
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The ruling last month by U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell of the Southern District of New York provides a legal basis for defeating motions to suppress wiretaps in the anti-bribery arena, said Mark Mendelsohn, the DOJ’s former FCPA enforcement chief.
The Department of Justice offers translations in 14 languages covering an estimated 2.8 billion people.
The 22 defendants were indicted under seal in December after an elaborate sting operation in which FBI agents posed as representatives of an African country’s defense ministry.
Oil industry middleman James H. Giffen, once accused of funneling $84 million in bribes to the president of Kazakhstan and other officials, was sentenced to time served – one night in jail in 2003.
Nigerian prosecutors are investigating alleged bribes paid by Siemens to Nigerian public officials.
The company began settlement talks with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission in February.
In the anti-corruption action plan, G-20 member countries agreed to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption and to adopt and enforce laws against international bribery.
The company disclosed in July that it had uncovered questionable transactions by its Russian unit.
In a sign of the expanding reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Justice Department prosecutors have increasingly pursued the citizens of other countries.
The case involves alleged corrupt deals in the arms supply industry, and has sparked an industry-wide probe.
The company said in a securities filing Thursday it is in talks with the DOJ and SEC to settle the case.