Did Chevron Violate The Foreign Corrupt Practice Act In Liberia

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Some two to three years ago, news of Liberia being suitable for off-shore oil exploration and drilling was widespread and several foreign oil companies landed in the country to seek permits for exploration and drilling operations. One of those companies was US oil giant Chevron.

According to several international investigations and reports, especially a more detailed report authored by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Chevron is said to have given a local private foundation belonging to the son of Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirelaf US$10.5 million dollars for what it referred to as “social development fund” to help Liberia.

Mr. Robert Sirleaf (a naturalized U.S. citizen and son of President Sirleaf) was then the head of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), the country’s oil regulatory agency that sold Liberia’s oil blocks and issued exploration and drilling permits to foreign investors and businesses, including Chevron at the time.

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Source: Globe Afrique online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.