FBI says some U.S. rogue firms operate in Indonesia

09:00, May 13, 2011      

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The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said that a number of U.S. firms were proven of violating the country's foreign bribery law operated in Indonesia, a media reported on Thursday.

Gary Johnson from the FBI's International Cooperation Unit told reporters during the International Conference on Foreign Bribery in Business Transaction on the resort island of Bali on Wednesday that some firms listed in the U.S. and operating in Indonesia had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the United States (FCPA).

The Jakarta Post reported that scores of U.S, firms have been found guilty of bribing Indonesian officials. In 2010, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigated a multi- million dollar bribery case involving Innospec Ltd., a subsidiary of U.S.-based firm Innospec Inc.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former chief executive officer at Innospec, Inc., with violating the FCPA by approving bribes to Indonesian and Iraqi officials.

According to the commission, Innospec paid bribes to " Indonesian government officials from at least 2000 to 2005 in order to win contracts worth more than 48 million U.S. dollar from state-owned oil and gas companies in Indonesia".

In 2005, the KPK studied a report on an alleged bribery case involving Monsanto and officials from the Agriculture Ministry.

It was reported that Monsanto, an agriculture company based in Missouri, the U.S., had admitted before the U.S.' Securities and Exchange Commission that it had paid 373,990 U.S. dollar in bribes to the ministry's officials in order to secure a transgenic cotton project in South Sulawesi. The company was also fined 1.5 million U.S. dollar by U.S. exchange authorities for bribing 140 Indonesian officials.

Johnson said that the FBI was now handling several international cases, though none of them had so far involved Indonesia.

Source: Xinhua
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