US prosecutors accuse ex-Alstom Indonesian executives of bribery

first_imgBy the fall of 2003, a second consultant was hired to “more effectively bribe” the Indonesian state energy company — an effort that was eventually successful.The three executives are accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which allows the authorities to investigate illicit conduct by companies listed on a US stock exchange, or by its citizens or residents.Alstom was delisted from Wall Street in 2004. The company has focused on transport after ceding its energy interests to General Electric five years ago.The latest charges are part of a long-running investigation into corruption by officials working for both Alstom and Marubeni.The Justice Department said five other people, along with both companies, have pled guilty in the probe, while one defendant, former Alstom senior vice president Lawrence Hoskins, was found guilty by a jury last November of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the FCPA.Topics : Federal prosecutors in the United States on Tuesday revealed bribery charges against two former executives of French company Alstom and a former executive of Japanese conglomerate Marubeni.The defendants are accused of paying bribes to Indonesian officials in exchange for the award of a $118 million electricity contract to Marubeni and to Alstom’s subsidiaries in the US state of Connecticut and Indonesia, the Department of Justice said in a statement.Reza Moenaf, 63, former president of Alstom’s subsidiary in Indonesia, Eko Sulianto, 63, the subsidiary’s former sales director and former deputy general manager of Marubeni’s Overseas Power Project Department Junji Kusunoki, 57, are accused in the scheme. The Justice Department said those targeted for bribing were a high-ranking Indonesian parliamentarian and the president of the state-owned electricity company — both unnamed.”To conceal the bribes, the defendants allegedly retained two so-called ‘consultants’ purportedly to provide legitimate consulting services on behalf of the power company and its subsidiaries in connection with the Tarahan project,” the Justice Department said, referring to the power contract’s name.”The indictment, however, alleges that the primary purpose for hiring the consultants was to use the consultants to pay bribes to Indonesian officials.”The first consultant “allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in his Maryland bank account to be used to bribe the member of Parliament,” the statement said.last_img read more

First “The Accuser” book, now Netflix features Big Dan’s Rape Trials

first_imgOver the last few years, with the #MeToo movement, Americans have become more aware of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and how survivors who go public are re-victimized. Now, Netflix is paying attention to the gang rape trials of Cheryl Araujo’s attackers, as were crystallized in the 2019 true crimes book, The Accuser, by Karen Curtis. Araujo’s rape trials were the first of their kind to be televised, and became international news. Now, the story has been re-examined in Netflix’s true crime anthology.Cheryl Araujo was the victim of one of the most publicized sexual assaults of the 1980s. An attorney for one of the accused men insisted Araujo had consented, and that “one thing led to another.” Defense lawyer Edward Harrington asked her, “If you’re living with a man, what are you doing running around the streets getting raped?”In 1983, Cheryl Araujo was a 21-year-old mother of two living in her hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts. On March 6th, she went into Big Dan’s Tavern to buy cigarettes from a dispenser inside the bar. After chatting with a waitress and ordering a drink, Araujo was attempting to leave the bar when a man grabbed her from behind. She was gang raped on the bar’s pool table while others looked on. One man admitted during the trial that he shouted, “Go for it! Go for it!” during the assault. After more than two hours, Araujo managed to escape, and ran half naked into the street where she flagged down a car carrying three three men, including brothers Dan and Michael O’Neill.Later that month, four men, John Cordeiro, Daniel Silva, and Victor Raposo, Joseph Vieira were charged with assaulting Araujo. Two others who were in the bar that night, Jose Medeiros and Virgilio Medeiros (who aren’t related) were charged with being accessories to the assault. They were accused of cheering the rape and preventing the bartender from intervening. The four accused of assaulting Araujo were convicted at trial in March 1984 and sentenced to serve between 6 and 12 years in prison. The Medeiros were acquitted.In 2020 the Araujo case was featured as an episode of the Netflix documentary series produced by George Clooney Trial by Media; the episode “Big Dan’s” explores the effect that the broadcasting of the trial had on Araujo, the New Bedford community, and American society at large. News reports of the assault brought national attention to the Massachusetts city. The assailants, like 60 percent of New Bedford’s population, were Portuguese-American, and some of the coverage took on xenophobic overtones, blaming Portuguese community as a whole for the crime. Hustler magazine ran a fake postcard featuring a naked woman on a pool table with the caption, “Greetings from New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Portuguese Gang-Rape Capital of America.”New Bedford rallied against the slurs targeting their community, but some turned to attacking the victim and supporting the accused rapists. Community members raised around $20,000, and bailed four of the men out of prison. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people later marched in protest of the convictions. One listener called into a local radio show to declare that Aruja was “dead meat.” Another woman told the local news that she “ should get punished, too. If they raped her, she was the aggravator. I’m sorry to say it but I think it was her.”Over 16,000 people signed petitions requesting leniency for the convicted men. After the trial, both Araujo and her sister moved to Miami due to the harassment they received. Even the O’Neills, who helped Araujo in the aftermath of the assault, received death threats for aiding the victim and testifying for the prosecution. None of Araujo’s assailants served more than six and a half years in prison.The attack inspired the 1988 film The Accused. Jodie Foster played a character based on Araujo, and won the Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal. By then, the real Cheryl Araujo had already died. In December 1986, at the age of 25, Araujo crashed her car on a South Miami road and died while her daughters, Jessica and Kerri survived with minor injuries. Toxicology showed Araujo was drunk at the time of the crash. She had struggled with alcoholism in the years after the rape, and spent more than six months of the year before her death in rehab. Also, as first reported in The Accuser, Cheryl’s daughter Kerri reported to the FHP who documented it in their report (featured in the book) that “a white van ran mommy off the road.”In 1984, the Senate held a hearing examining the effects of allowing the New Bedford trial to be aired on television. “Rare is the woman who can endure both the trauma of rape,” said then-Bristol County, Massachusetts district attorney Ronald Pina, “and the trauma of a highly publicized trial.”The Netflix Big Dan’s docuseries did make reference that Cheryl had trouble coping after the rapes and living in South Florida, they also reported that she had gone to secretarial school. However, they did not report that at the time of the accident, Cheryl was in rehab also that she had a book and movie deal that was brokered by a Miami Attorney. Hollywood, especially George Clooney who produced the Netflix series, don’t want you to know about her movie deal. It’s all in the book, The Accuser.Listen to Karen Curtis’ Full Rigor podcast featuring audio from interview she exclusively conducted with Araujo’s mother Arlene and her two daughters here.Netflix “Trial by Media” the truth behind the crimes. In this true crime docuseries, some of the most dramatic trials of all time are examined with an emphasis on how the media may have impacted verdicts.Order Karen Curtis’ The Accuser book here.last_img read more

Beacon Hill Country Club To Finish Golf Course Renovation Project

first_imgBeacon Hill Country Club will wrap up a multi-million-dollar golf course improvement project in 2020, enhancing its fairways, bunkers and more. Photo by Allison Perrine “The bunkers themselves are a complete enhancement,” said Alexander Mueller, general manager of the country club, referring to the sand traps. “In heavy rainstorms, it would take the crew a day or two to get the bunkers back into playing conditions. After the first course renovation, the bunkers that were redone – you could play them in an hour.” By Allison Perrine | [email protected] Beacon Hill’s dining room. Photo by Allison Perrine “We look at them as our future,” said Mueller. Additionally, the club purchased a home across from its entranceway on Beacon Hill Road that will likely be torn down for a new use for club members, said Mueller. Though they’re an estimated three months away from determining exactly what that use may be, some ideas have been tossed around like a pickleball court, paddleball, additional indoor hitting bays or a fitness center. They are trying to determine what their members want and if there are cost-effective ways to make it happen. But its amenities and views aside, Mueller said its members are what set Beacon Hill apart from other country clubs in the area. It takes pride in its junior programs and the camaraderie that exists amongst club members and staff. The club’s junior golf and swim team programs are popular and the club takes pride in prioritizing groups. Typically, there are 80 to 100 children in the programs in any given year. Administrators at the elegant 40,000-square-foot clubhouse started work on its golf course at the end of 2018. Weather permitting, the second phase of work should be completed by mid-April and club members will have their course back before Memorial Day weekend. The last phase will resume in mid-August and will be completed by December. It was established in 1899 and has been open continuously. Aside from its 18-hole golf course, Beacon Hill includes an Olympic-sized swimming pool, outdoor patio, grille room, cocktail lounge, fitness studio and more. It has private events for club members throughout the year and offers programs for adults and children. Staff members recently hired a new executive chef, Scott Howlett, to elevate the fine dining for club members. They also recently hired a new golf professional James McDonald. “It’s a lot of new activity for Beacon Hill,” said Mueller. Beacon Hill is a private country club that sits on a 90-acre property on the hills of Atlantic Highlands, providing views of the New York City skyline and the bay. “The view is what everybody really likes,” said Mueller. “You get spoiled with that.” ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Beacon Hill Country Club will complete a $2 million-plus golf course improvement project this year, bringing new bunkers, reshaped fairways, renovated greens and more to its members. The club has upward of 380 members and strives to be a premiere Monmouth County, family-oriented country club. The goal, they says, is to delight visitors with a unique, unpretentious environment and to meet those expectations in a fiscally responsible manner. The article originally appeared in the March 5-11, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more