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Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney charged in bribery case in Nigeria

Wednesday, December 8th 2010, 12:28 PM

Vice President Dick Cheney has been included along with several others in a bribery case in Nigeria, officials there say.
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Vice President Dick Cheney has been included along with several others in a bribery case in Nigeria, officials there say.

Dick Cheney has been charged with bribery ... in Nigeria.

Officials from the African nation's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said the ex-vice president is one of nine accused of "conspiracy and distribution of gratification to public officials," according to CNN.

The charges stem from efforts to obtain gas contracts during the time Cheney was chairman and CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000.

"The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission investigated that joint venture extensively and found no suggestion of any impropriety by Dick Cheney in his role of CEO of Halliburton," Terrence O’Donnell, Cheney's attorney, said in a statement to The Associated Press.

"Any suggestion of misconduct on his part, made now, years later, is entirely baseless."

The case against Halliburton concerns its former subsidiary KBR, a major engineering and construction services firm based in Houston. In February 2009, KBR Inc. pleaded guilty in federal court to authorizing and paying bribes from 1995 to 2004 for the plant contracts in Nigeria.

KBR split from Halliburton in 2007 and agreed to pay more than $400 million in fines.

Halliburton spokeswoman Tara Mullee insists the company had nothing to do with the project.

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