Petrofac co-founder accused posthumously of paying bribes

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SFO alleges Maroun Semaan was complicit in six counts concerning multi-million-dollar scheme

The co-founder of the oil company Petrofac has been posthumously accused of taking part in a scheme to pay multi-million-dollar bribes to secure contracts. The Serious Fraud Office’s allegations against Maroun Semaan, who died two years ago, have been revealed in charges laid before a court.

The multinational’s other co-founder is Ayman Asfari, a major financial backer of the Conservatives. Together with his wife, Asfari has donated almost £800,000 to the party since 2009. Currently the firm’s owner and chief executive, he was arrested and interviewed under caution in May 2017 by the SFO and released without charge.

What is the SFO investigating?

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