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Cheney to be Prosecuted? (By the French)
News24 [Cape town, SA] ^ | December 20, 2003 | Agence France-Presse

Posted on 12/20/2003 1:13:18 PM PST by quidnunc

Paris – A French prosecutor is examining whether to prosecute US Vice President Dick Cheney over alleged complicity in the abuse of corporate assets dating from the time he was head of the services company Halliburton, the French newspaper Le Figaro said on Saturday.

The case stems from a contract by a consortium including the American company Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a Halliburton subsidiary, and a French company, Technip, to supply a gas complex to Nigeria, the newspaper reported.

A Paris investigating magistrate has been conducting investigations since October into allegations that $180m were paid in secret commissions during the late 1990s up to 2002 from funds established by the consortium in Madeira, the report said.

Cheney was Halliburton's chief executive between 1995 and 2000.

In a letter to the attorney-general's department, magistrate Reynaud van Ruymbeke ruled out directly prosecuting Cheney on a charge of bribing foreign officials, Le Figaro said.

But the official did not exclude the possibility of prosecution on the grounds of complicity in misuse of corporate assets, it added.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: africa; armchairnobodies; cheney; chirac; elf; energy; france; halliburton; kbr; nigeria; total; totalfinaelf; vpcheney
This probably has something to do with that financial scandal in California which the French government just settled for half a billion dollars or so.
1 posted on 12/20/2003 1:13:18 PM PST by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc
ROTFLMAO!
2 posted on 12/20/2003 1:14:05 PM PST by international american
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To: quidnunc
Cheney should call in an air strike.
3 posted on 12/20/2003 1:14:20 PM PST by samtheman
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To: quidnunc
Foreign companies can't do business in Nigeria without bribing their public officials. Either France prosecutes all companies that pay out, or this is just a political sham. You already know the answer.
4 posted on 12/20/2003 1:16:00 PM PST by squidly (Although prepared for martyrdom, I prefer that it be postponed.)
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To: samtheman
Cheney should call in an air strike.

We don't have time to mess around with the surrendering French right now.

Fashion note: white flags are in style around gay Paree right now.

6 posted on 12/20/2003 1:19:03 PM PST by Ole Okie (Go Oklahoma Sooners)
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To: quidnunc
Note the timing of this.
7 posted on 12/20/2003 1:24:30 PM PST by aimhigh
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To: quidnunc
Isn't this just the height of hubris!?!

What do they intend to do, send a Process Server to the Naval Observatory?

8 posted on 12/20/2003 1:34:17 PM PST by reformed_democrat
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To: quidnunc
The only place this guff will have any legs is over on DU. What a joke.
9 posted on 12/20/2003 1:37:08 PM PST by raptor29
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To: quidnunc
A French prosecutor is examining whether to prosecute US Vice President Dick Cheney over alleged complicity in the abuse of corporate assets dating from the time he was head of the services company Halliburton, the French newspaper Le Figaro said on Saturday.

So Hillary, Bill, and Terry have to go oversea's to promote their political agenda?

LoL's!

10 posted on 12/20/2003 1:41:49 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: quidnunc
If anybody bribed anybody, it was the French company involved in the dealing.
11 posted on 12/20/2003 1:43:09 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: quidnunc
Or maybe it's an attempt to make a preventive strike to protect Chirac for being prosecuted for crimes against humanity for his knowing support of Hussein's tortures.

Chirac should be investigated. Seriously.

12 posted on 12/20/2003 1:44:18 PM PST by Tribune7 (David Limbaugh never said his brother had a "nose like a vacuum cleaner")
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To: squidly
You're right about doing business in Nigeria (or anyplace in Africa). Notice all the other "qualifying" terms used in this article: "complicity in the abuse of corporate assets"; "a contract by a consortium including the American company Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a Halliburton subsidiary, and a French company, Technip,"; "A Paris investigating magistrate has been conducting investigations since October into allegations that $180m were paid in secret commissions during the late 1990s up to 2002 from funds established by the consortium in Madeira, the report said."

Nice of the French Magistrate to "rule out procsecuting Vice President Cheney directly..."

Now about this "misuse of corporate assets": this is something in which the French are very knowledgeable and highly capable. I wonder how much control Haliburton had over this "consortium" of its "subsidiary" and this "French company".

And the Democrats want us to "internationalize" our efforts in Iraq, and be less unilateral in our foreign policies... and justices on the Supreme Court are now thinking about looking to the "international community" to inform on our legal interpretations.

13 posted on 12/20/2003 1:46:10 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: Tribune7
Tribune7 wrote: Chirac should be investigated. Seriously.

He has been, and there are pending charges of official corruption from his tenure as mayor of Paris.

He can't be prosecuted as long as he's president of France, which is why he's clinging to power so tenaciously.

14 posted on 12/20/2003 1:53:48 PM PST by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: quidnunc
This is the funniest thing I have read all day...LOL...*wiping tears of laughter from eyes*

The french....

Red

15 posted on 12/20/2003 1:55:47 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Dear Santa......I can explain.......)
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To: quidnunc
Sure thing there France...and by the way, we're sending you the bill for liberating your slimy green butts.
16 posted on 12/20/2003 1:55:54 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Tribune7
Chirac is a criminal. That's one reason he ran for President--to avoid prosecution, as French presidents are above the law.
17 posted on 12/20/2003 2:08:42 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat
Maybe France would like to send some gaurndarmes to get him. The're bucking for another 25% decrease in tourism and Merlot consumption. Arrogant a**holes.
18 posted on 12/20/2003 2:12:17 PM PST by Swanks
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

19 posted on 12/20/2003 2:14:32 PM PST by mhking (It's in your home state...it's outside your front door...and it's going to eat YOU up!)
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To: mhking
Heaven forbid these French panty testers would focus on FINA instead of the US company Halliburton. What a Laff! Good luck Pierre!
20 posted on 12/20/2003 2:18:44 PM PST by mylife
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To: quidnunc
waitwaitwait...
the French... want to prosecute Chaney... because his company paid bribes... IN AFRICA???
One bribes in Africa. That is simply the way it is done. This is bushwah.
21 posted on 12/20/2003 2:20:25 PM PST by King Prout (...he took a face from the ancient gallery, then he... walked on down the hall....)
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To: quidnunc
Cheney should send the French a message--MERDE.
22 posted on 12/20/2003 2:25:25 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: quidnunc
Do you think it is it any coincidence that French rhymes with stench?
23 posted on 12/20/2003 2:54:07 PM PST by b4its2late (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: The Great RJ
Cheney should send the French a message--MERDE.

Should I ask the French-looking John F-in Kerry an email asking him how you say "fukc you" in French, and then forward it to monsieur Jock-Strap Chirac?

24 posted on 12/20/2003 2:59:33 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: The Great RJ
Vous êtes un morceau de merde.

My French lingers behind my Spanish but this I recall.

25 posted on 12/20/2003 3:12:22 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: All
The French they are all bug eating


26 posted on 12/20/2003 3:50:41 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: quidnunc
Fruck the Fench.
27 posted on 12/20/2003 3:53:05 PM PST by NeoCaveman (The only thing found in the middle of the road are yellow streaks and roadkill)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Il est foutu le temps des cathédrales
La foule des barbares
Est aux portes de la ville
Laissez entrer ces païens, ces vandales

28 posted on 12/20/2003 4:18:48 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: dubyaismypresident
Some things you must find/learn on your own.
29 posted on 12/20/2003 4:28:39 PM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: quidnunc
Paris – A French prosecutor is examining whether to prosecute US Vice President Dick Cheney over alleged complicity in the abuse of corporate assets dating from the time he was head of the services company Halliburton, the French newspaper Le Figaro said on Saturday.

Come get him.............maybe around resolution #100324 is the time.

30 posted on 12/20/2003 6:19:57 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse (For or against us.........)
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To: quidnunc
It's nation whose national motto seems to be, "Please punch me in the face"
31 posted on 12/20/2003 6:22:21 PM PST by He Rides A White Horse (For or against us.........)
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To: King Prout
A UN employee of my acquaintance would always report the bribes he had to pay while working in Nigeria on his expense report as "MISC: BRIBES". The accountants back at the Home Office would have fits with him, asking him to report it as anything else but that. They provided tons of money to be paid out as bribes for everything from getting through the airport to getting your bags back from the hotel, but they did not want to actually have a record of that fact.

It is simply not possible to do anything in Nigeria without bribes.
32 posted on 12/22/2003 6:19:27 AM PST by gridlock (There's no such thing as idiot-proof, only idiot-resistant. The ingenuity of idiots knows no bounds)
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