Gabon FCPA Execs Try To Kick Conspiracy Charge

By Christopher Norton (December 20, 2011, 8:30 PM EST) -- Attorneys for six military equipment industry executives accused of attempting to bribe Gabonese officials asked a Washington federal judge Tuesday to scrap the government's conspiracy charge, saying prosecutors could not prove the executives even knew each other.

Prosecutors allege John Mushriqui, Jeana Mushriqui, R. Patrick Caldwell, Stephen Giordanella, Greg Godsey and Marc Morales tried to bribe Gabonese defense minister Ali Bongo in order to win contracts to provide armor, weapons and military gear, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The six are the second group to go to trial out of 22 military and law enforcement equipment industry executives...

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