Following last month’s sentencing of commodities giant Glencore for bribery, Spotlight on Corruption and a range of international and African civil society organisations have written to Justice Secretary Dominic Raab and Serious Fraud Office Director Lisa Osofsky to urge them to do more for the overseas victims of corruption.
The letter to Raab urges him to update the UK’s approach to compensating the overseas victims of bribery undertaken by UK companies. Read the full letter here.
The letter to the SFO noted a major accountability gap in the Glencore sentencing. Despite admitting to bribing officials in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and South Sudan, none of the names of the overseas officials bribed by Glencore were revealed in court, depriving the people of those countries of the chance to bring them to justice. Spotlight and the letter’s other signatories urged the SFO to make five key commitments to remedy this. Read the full letter here.