Ex-Unaoil Exec Says Cash Bought Safety From 'Death Squads'

Law360, London (May 19, 2020, 4:51 PM BST) -- An attorney for a former oil company executive told a jury on Tuesday that his client approved payments to protect an Iraqi public official from being "snatched off the street" by "death squads," not as a bribe for confidential information on a lucrative oil project.

Ex-Unaoil executive Ziad Akle, pictured arriving at court in 2017, believed that money sent to an official paid for security, an attorney has said. (Getty) Attorney Jim Sturman told jurors at the Central Crown Court that Ziad Akle, a former executive at Unaoil, believed that money being sent to an official at the state-owned South Oil...

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