Blackwater under investigation for bribing Iraq officials following 2007 deaths: NYT Brian Jackson at 12:59 PM ET
[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating whether Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Xe, bribed Iraqi officials to allow them to continue operating in the country following shooting deaths in 2007 [JURIST report], the New York Timesreported [text] Monday. The fraud division of the DOJ reportedly began an inquiry into the alleged $1 million bribery in late 2009. Bribery of foreign officials is a violation of 15 USC § 78dd-1 [text], a provision of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) [text]. Blackwater will likely claim that the $1 million was restitution [AP report] to the families of the individuals killed in 2007, which would exempt the company from violation of federal law. A conviction under the FCPA may include both criminal and civil penalties.
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