Swiss prosecutors have launched a second investigation into mining company Glencore International AG, this time for failing to implement organizational measures to prevent suspected corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Investigations against miners and commodity traders based in Switzerland have “the same thematic context” that was opened in 2019 after prosecutors received complaints about possible bribes of foreign public officials, the Swiss Attorney General’s Office (OAG) told OCCRP on Monday.
The Federal Prosecutors’ Office said it would not comment further on the case.
Glencor confirmed it had been informed of the investigation and said it would “cooperate with the investigation by OAG.”
The US Department of Justice has also investigated allegations of corruption and money laundering GlencoreOperations in the DRC, as well as in Venezuela and Nigeria.
The company is also being examined by the UK. Serious Scam Office.
Global Witness, an NGO that uncovered corruption, environmental and human rights violations, welcomed the new investigation in the area of origin, saying that the company was now being examined in three countries.
Some Glencore transactions have been linked to a wealthy Israeli businessman, And Gertler, who has sanctions by the US for enriching itself through “unclear and corrupt mining and oil agreements in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”
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