The Ahsanis, who are British citizens, conspired with others, including multiple companies and individuals, to bribe government officials in Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya and Syria from around 1999 to 2016, The U.S. Department of Justice said on October 30 2019 that Cyrus Ahsani, 51, and his 46-year-old brother Saman each pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) on behalf of companies to secure oil and gas contracts. They will be sentenced on April 20, 2020.

Australia, Canada, France, Guernsey, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and UK provided significant assistance


CNOC refinery near clash

CNOC refinery near clash

At least six people were killed and 30 others injured in tribal clashes in the Algerian province of Adrar, an official said Thursday.

The clashes that had erupted Tuesday night in Bordj Badji Mokhtar locality of Adrar, some 1,400 km southwest of here, left six people dead and 30 injured, including six in critical conditions, Xinhua reported citing Abdelkader El Saradei, secretary general of Adrar province.

On Wednesday, official APS news agency quoted Governor of Adrar Ahmed Abdelhafid Saci as saying that the clashes took place between an Arab tribe and Tuareg residents (Amazigh origins), killing four people and injuring 22 others.

Saci said the clashes started as a fight between a robber and a store owner and later turned into a mass confrontation after intervention of the two men’s relatives.