Acquittal secured in SFO overseas bribery case
Tuesday 10 November, 2015
Peters and Peters acted for the former financial controller of an international group of companies servicing the oil and gas sectors, in a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). The allegations were that the defendants (four in total) conspired with each other and with a Nigerian tax consultant to make corrupt payments to agents of two Nigerian State Boards of Internal Revenue for the purpose of avoiding, deferring or mitigating the tax liabilities of the company for whom the defendants worked.
After a nine week trial at Southwark Crown Court, Peters and Peters’ client was acquitted of a single count following the successful dismissal of a second count at the close of the prosecution case.