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City of London Police arrest two in ex-naval vessels bribery investigation

The City of London Police’s Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit (OACU) have today (20 January 2015) arrested two men on suspicion of bribing a foreign public official to assist them in purchasing six ex-naval vessels.

Detectives from the unit arrested a man in his early 40s at his home in Alfreton, Derbyshire and a man in his late 50s at his home in East Molesey, Surrey in a joint investigation with the Norwegian Authorities.

The two men are believed to be involved in a business that specialises in International Risk management for the maritime industry, with offices around the world including in the UK and Africa. They are alleged to have paid a Norwegian public official two direct payments into his personal bank account totalling more than $150,000 to help secure the sale of six decommissioned ex-naval vessels.

A third man was also arrested by the Norwegian Authorities in TØnsberg, Norway this morning.

The two residential addresses, along with a business address in Surrey, were searched and computer equipment and documentation were seized. The two men were taken to local police stations for questioning and the investigation is ongoing.

DCI Danny Medlycott, Head of OACU said, “Today’s operation is a great example of how OACU works closely with our law enforcement partners across the world to combat bribery and corruption.” ​