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Nigeria charges Dick Cheney in bribery case

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(Read caption) Dick Cheney speaks in Washington in 2009 file photo. Nigeria's anti-corruption police said last week that they planned to file charges against the former US Vice President in a $180 million bribery case involving a former unit of oil services firm Halliburton.

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Nigeria handed down indictments today against former US Vice President Richard Cheney in a bribery case involving a subsidiary of Halliburton during the period in which Mr. Cheney was among Halliburton’s chief executives.

The case revolves around allegations that employees or agents of KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, paid a $180 million bribe between 1994 and 2004 to secure a $6 billion contract to build a liquefied natural gas plant in the Niger Delta. KBR has already pleaded guilty to US charges of paying the $180 milllion in bribes in a case last year, and now Nigeria’s courts are taking the case to KBR’s parent company, Halliburton.

Nigerian police have already detained two employees of Halliburton for questioning.

"As the CEO of Halliburton, he has the responsibility for acts that occurred during that period," Godwin Obla, the prosecuting counsel at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria, told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

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