Law360, London: The sentencing on 1 March 2021 of a British businessman for conspiring to pay kickbacks to Iraqi public officials brings a successful conclusion to the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) at-times troubled probe into one of the worlds’ biggest bribery scandals.
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