British Attorney Loses Appeal; Extradition to U.S. Underway

An attorney from north London will be extradited to the United States to face corruption charges following a ruling today by the High Court in London.

A London court previously granted the U.S. extradition request, but Tesler appealed the decision.

Jeffrey Tesler, 62, is accused by the American authorities of involvement in an international conspiracy to channel bribes to senior officials in Nigeria.

It is alleged that bribes were paid from a $132 million dollar slush fund to influence the awarding of a $6 billion dollar construction contract for a natural gas plant on Bonny Island in Nigeria.

Tesler, who has lived in north London for over 50 years, is accused of acting as the middleman in the conspiracy, said to have occurred between 1994 and 2004.

He was arrested at the request of the U.S. government after a grand jury indictment was filed at a U.S. district court in Houston, Texas, in February 2009.

The charges fall under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which aims to prevent the bribery of foreign officials regarding international business transactions. However, there must be sufficient evidence that proves a link to the United States in order to hold Tesler accountable under the FCPA.

Britain is set to introduce their version of the FCPA this April, known as the Bribery Act. Critics and businesses believe the Bribery Act will impose significant regulations on business practices in the U.K., more so than the FCPA. It will be interesting to follow the enforcement of the Act once it takes effect in April and to what effect it will have on business dealings with the U.S.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

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