Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-13
Aluminum Bahrain B.S.C. / Bruce Alan Hall UK SFO Case
Bahrain
Chief Executive Officer of State-Owned Entity, 2001-2005
United Kingdom
Undertaking Recovery Effort, Location of Recovery Effort
2009
2014
Art.16, Art.18, Art.21
Yes
Criminal Prosecution and Compensation
Other
Extradition from Australia and "liaison with foreign authorities." (Source: UK Serious Fraud Office press release, "Bruce Hall sentenced to 16 months in prison," 22 July 2014.)
Compensation to Alba ordered as part of Mr. Hall's sentence.
Completed
Assets Returned to Victim or Requesting Jurisdiction
$853,987

According to the July 22, 2014 press release by the UK's Serious Fraud Office, Mr. Hall was sentenced to imprisonment for "conspiracy to corrupt, in relation to contracts for the supply of goods and services to a Bahrain company, Aluminum Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba).  [  ]  [The Court] heard how Mr. Hall received [GBP] 2.9 million in corrupt payments between 2002 and 2005, including 10,000 Bahraini dinars in cash from Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family and at the time Bahrain's minister of finance and Alba's chairman.  The payments were made in exchange for Mr. Hall agreeing to and allowing corrupt arrangements that Sheikh Isa had been involved in before Mr. Hall's appointment as CEO to continue."  (Source: UK Serious Fraud Office Press Release, "Bruce Hall sentenced to 16 months in prison," 22 July 2014.)   As part of his sentence, Mr. Hall was ordered to pay a confiscation order of GBP3,070,106.03; (US$5,243,560) and in addition, pay Alba compensation in the amount of GBP500,010 (US$853,987) and pay GBP 100,000 (US$170,794) as a contribution to prosecution costs. 

 

The SFO also stated that, "As part of Mr. Hall's mitigation he also agreed to divest himself of other corrupt payments he received during his time as the CEO of Alba.  These payments were not part of the indictment as the SFO did not have the jurisdiction to prosecute for the conduct acknowledged by Mr. Hall.  In order to recover these payments received by Mr. Hall, which amount to US$900,000, the Director of the SFO electd to launch proceedings under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in the High Court.  These proceedings were finalised at the High Court on 17 July 2014."  (Source: UK Serious Fraud Office Press Release, "Bruce Hall sentenced to 16 months in prison," 22 July 2014.)   On July 31, 2014, the SFO announced that the confiscation and compensation orders had been paid in full. (Source:  UK SFO Press Release, "Bruce Hall confiscation order paid in full: 31 July 2014.")

 

See related entry, Aluminum Bahrain B.S.C. / Alcoa Case (Private Civil Action)

According to the July 22, 2014 press release by the UK's Serious Fraud Office, Mr. Hall was sentenced to 16 months' inprisonment; he had entered a guilty plea to charge of Conspiracy to corrupt contrary to Section 1, Criminal Law Act 1977 and Section 1, Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.  (Source: UK Serious Fraud Office Press Release, "Bruce Hall sentenced to 16 months in prison," 22 July 2014.)  

Serious Fraud Office; City of London Police Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit
Serious Fraud Office
City of Westminster Magistrates' Court; High Court Queens Bench