French Citizen’s Bail in Bribe-Probe Case Opposed by U.S.

Frederic Cilins, a French citizen charged with obstructing a U.S. grand jury investigation into bribes paid to win mining rights in Guinea, should be denied bail, prosecutors said.

Cilins, who is in custody in Florida, submitted a false, unsigned affidavit in support of his bid to win release on bail, the government said in a filing yesterday in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida. The papers provide additional details of the government’s case against Cilins.

Cilins said in the affidavit he is the sole owner of two limited liability companies that hold Florida properties being proposed for use as security for a bond, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Karase said in the filing. Instead, the LLCs are owned by Cilins and two other men, Michael Noy and Avraham Lev Ran, who are tied to Cilins’s alleged crime, Karase said.

“There is simply no reason to believe that either of these individuals would want the defendant to attend a trial at which their own activities will be the subject of inquiry,” Karase said in the filing.

Karase, who said Cilins presents a “grave risk of flight,” argued that he should be denied bail. Cilins is expected to appear in court in Jacksonville today.

Cilins is accused of offering to pay a witness to lie to a grand jury and to turn over documents for him to destroy, according to an indictment filed last week in federal court in Manhattan.

The case is U.S. v. Cilins, 13-mj-00975, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

The Florida case is U.S. v. Cilins, 13-mj-01087, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville).

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