«KAZAKHGATE» SCANDAL

«KAZAKHGATE» SCANDAL

00:14 01.01.2010

INDUSTRY

Government

CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS

Kazakhstan

SUMMARY OF ALLEGATIONS:

Nationality of Foreign Officials: Belgium

Summary of Allegations:

Armand de Decker, the former Belgian development cooperation minister, is alleged to have engaged in «influence peddling» in connection with the France — Kazakhstan trade deal.

In 2011, Decker was an attorney for Patokh Chodiev, a Kazakh businessman who had close ties to the Kazakh government. In 2011, Decker allegedly used his position to influence the granting of a transactional procedure in favor of Chodiev and arranging other meetings with officials to plead his client’s cause.

Approximate Alleged Payments to Foreign Officials: Unspecified

Business Advantage Allegedly Obtained: Unspecified


Nationality of Foreign Officials: France

Summary of Allegations:

in 2010, France and Kazakhstan entered into a large trade deal which included the sales of helicopters and trains. 

2013 — France opened an investigation into the trade deal — referred to as the «Kazakhgate» probe — to assess whether kickbacks had been paid to intermediaries in connection with the 2010 trade deal.

The investigation has led to the indictment of various French officials and raids of Airbus’ offices. 

 

Approximate Alleged Payments to Foreign Officials: Unspecified kick-backs to intermediaries.

Business Advantage Allegedly Obtained: Unspecified, favorable trade terms.


ENFORCEMENT RESULTS

Agencies: Belgium: Public Prosecutor’s Office

Results:

Year Resolved:

Compliance Monitor:

Ongoing: Yes

Details:

08 May 2018 — Armand De Decker, the former Belgian minister, was indicted for influence-peddling in connection with the «Kazakhgate» scandal.  Decker denies the allegations, but resigned from Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel’s  liberal Reform Movement party after he was charged.


ENTITIES / INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED
  • Armand De Decker
  • Airbus

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Yahoo News: «Belgian ex minister indicted in ‘Kazakhgate’ graft scandal» (08 May 2018)

 

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