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Dahdaleh continues to challenge allegations and remains confident to clear his name

April 16, 2012

London - There was a further procedural hearing at Southwark Crown Court today in relation to the charges against Mr Dahdaleh. Mr Dahdaleh and Mr Bruce Hall (who arrived in the UK from Australia in late February 2012) were both present but neither was required to enter a plea to the charges. Directions were given and, in particular, a provisional trial date of April 8, 2013 was fixed.

A spokesman for Allen & Overy, Mr Dahdaleh's lawyers, reiterated: "Mr Dahdaleh believes the investigation into his affairs was flawed and that he has done absolutely nothing wrong. Mr Dahdaleh has not violated the laws of this country or any other country where he does business, including Bahrain.  He is glad that a trial date has now been fixed. He will continue to contest these charges vigorously at every stage, confident of clearing his good name."

On November 8, 2011, the federal court in Pittsburgh re-opened the civil case filed by Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) against Alcoa and Mr Dahdaleh.  Motions to dismiss the complaint have been filed in this action by Mr Dahdaleh and Alcoa and further directions are awaited. Mr Dahdaleh is looking forward to continuing his challenge to Alba's allegations as soon as possible.

For further information, please contact Caroline Livesey, caroline.livesey@allenovery.com, on +44 (0)20 3088 4380, or Campbell McIlroy, campbell.mcilroy@allenovery.com, on +44 (0)20 3088 2783.

 

Notes for Editors:

  1. Victor Dahdaleh, a 68 year old Canadian national based in London and Switzerland, is owner and chairman of Dadco and affiliated companies.  Dadco is a privately-owned investment, manufacturing and trading group. Its founding company was established in 1915.  Dadco has operations and investments in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.
  2. Bruce Hall, an Australian national, aged 58 years, Chief Executive Officer of Alba from July 2001 to June 2005, is alleged to have corruptly received payments from Mr Dahdaleh whilst in that position.  He is also alleged to have conspired with Mr Dahdaleh and Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini Royal Family and former Minister for Oil, to make and receive corrupt payments in connection with the award of supply and purchase contracts for Alba.  In December 2011, Mr Hall agreed to return to the UK from Australia to face these charges.
  3. Allen & Overy is an international legal practice with approximately 4,750 staff, including some 480 partners, working in 39 offices worldwide.
  4. In this press release 'Allen & Overy' means Allen & Overy LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings.
  5. The term 'partner' is used to refer to a member of Allen & Overy LLP or to an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications or to an individual with equivalent status in one of Allen & Overy LLP's affiliated undertakings.

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