US wants sus­pects in navy bribery scan­dal ex­tra­dited

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE United States has sought the ex­tra­di­tion of two for­mer ex­ec­u­tives of a Sin­ga­pore-based de­fence con­trac­tor at the cen­tre of a bribery scan­dal that has rocked the US Navy.

A spokesper­son for Sin­ga­pore’s At­tor­ney Gen­eral’s Cham­bers told AFP the of­fice has “re­ceived ex­tra­di­tion re­quests from the US gov­ern­ment” for the for­mer ex­ec­u­tives of Glenn De­fence Marine Asia (GDMA).

“AGC has acted on these re­quests and the mat­ter is now fixed for com­mit­tal hear­ing be­fore the State Courts on Septem­ber 21, 2016,” she said.

A US De­part­ment of Jus­tice state­ment said Neil Peter­son and Linda Raja, both Sin­ga­pore­ans, were charged in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, in re­la­tion to the scan­dal which has tar­nished top US naval of­fi­cers.

GDMA owner Leonard Glenn Fran­cis is await­ing sen­tenc­ing in the US af­ter he ad­mit­ted in Jan­uary last year that his com­pany, which pro­vided port ser­vices, plied naval of­fi­cers with cash, pros­ti­tutes and Kobe beef to en­sure US Navy ships stopped at ports where GDMA op­er­ated.

Mr Peter­son, 38, was the Sin­ga­pore-based firm’s vice pres­i­dent for global op­er­a­tions while Ms Raja, 43, was the gen­eral man­ager for Sin­ga­pore, Aus­tralia and the Pa­cific.

Both are ac­cused of con­spir­ing with Mr Fran­cis to de­fraud the US Navy by sub­mit­ting more than US$5 mil­lion in false claims and in­voices and work­ing to per­pet­u­ate and cover up their fraud. –

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