Why Russia Is Interested In A Corruption Case In Nigeria
So, former Russian ambassador is caught up in a corruption scandal in Nigeria.
‘Unfortunately’ for Russia, it is the Italian prosecutors that are pressing that charges.
Now, the Kremlin has asked Italy to drop charges against the ex-envoy, Reuters reports citing legal documents seen on Wednesday.
The ex-envoy Ednan Tofik ogly Agaev, was a former Russian ambassador in Colombia, and is charged with international corruption in a case revolving around the 2011 purchase by oil majors Eni and Shell of Nigeria’s OPL 245 oilfield.
Milan prosecutors allege bribes totaling around $1.1 billion were paid to win the licence to explore the field.
Agaev and all the parties involved in the case have denied any wrongdoing.
Documents filed by prosecutors with the Milan court on Wednesday showed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov handed a letter to his Italian counterpart in Moscow at a meeting on October 8, calling on Italian authorities to be “reasonable”.
The letter said Russia was convinced Agaev had committed no wrongdoing.
“We hope the Italian authorities adopt a reasonable approach and after respective checks find a way to change the status of E.T. Agaev from accused to witness,” the letter said.
During the hearing on Wednesday Italian prosecutor Sergio Spadaro described the request as “at the very least surprising”.
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