Australian company accused of foreign bribery

According to The Age, “Infrastructure and mining giant Thiess may have breached Australian bribery laws by paying Indonesian police and military officials in return for security at its mines.” The police and soldiers are accused of beating workers protesting over their working conditions. Most laws only prohibit conduct within the relevant jurisdiction, but the Commonwealth Criminal Code imposes “extended geographical jurisdiction” for certain crimes. It prohibits bribery that occurs overseas, if the offender is an Australian citizen, resident, or company, allowing them to be tried here.

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