Ex-Aluminium Bahrain Executive Charged by U.K. With Corruption

Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. prosecutors charged Bruce Allan Hall with corruption and money laundering tied to his time as an executive at Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C., a smelting company in Bahrain.

An Australian national, Hall was released on conditional bail and must appear at a London criminal court next month, the Serious Fraud Office said in an e-mailed statement today. He is accused of accepting bribes over an eight-year period while he worked at the company, known as Alba, the prosecutors said.

Hall was extradited from Australia to London to face the charges, the SFO said. His co-defendant in the case, British investor Victor Dahdaleh, is also scheduled to appear at the same court hearing, the SFO said.

Dahdaleh was charged Oct. 24 with six counts of making corrupt payments, two counts of money laundering, and one charge of conspiracy to corrupt. He is accused of paying bribes to Alba officials to win contracts for Alcoa Inc., the largest U.S. aluminum producer.

The SFO said it opened the probe in July 2009 with help from the City of London Police’s Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit.

Efforts to reach Hall or an attorney representing him were unsuccessful. A call to the SFO wasn’t immediately returned.

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