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Friday, December 03, 2010

Cheney May Face Charges in Halliburton Probe in Nigeria

Me & Dick CheneyImage by jonathanhstrauss via FlickrCheney May Face Charges in Halliburton Probe in Nigeria

Nigerian authorities investigating a bribery scandal involving the multi-national company Halliburton may file charges against the firm's onetime chief executive, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Agence France-Presse reports.

But it's highly unlikely Cheney will travel to the African country anytime soon -- and officials in Lagos cannot compel his appearance. The anti-corruption case has been percolating for some time and Nigerian elections come around in April, so there could be a political element at play, the Washington Post reports.

The case concerns bribery accusations related a Halliburton engineering subsidiary, KBR, and the construction of a liquefied natural gas plant. Before he was elected vice president in 2000, Cheney headed Halliburton a giant oil services firm.

Cheney is suffering from serious heart problems these days and, as the Post observes, he's not planning a cruise up the Niger Delta anytime soon.
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