Nigeria May Drop Bribery Charges Against US Ex-VP
Nigeria May Drop Bribery Charges Against US Ex-VP

Nigeria's anti-corruption agency says it will file charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in connection with a bribery scandal.

Spokesmen for Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said Thursday that Cheney will be charged for actions allegedly taken while he was president of the Halliburton oil services firm from 1995 to 2000.

Authorities raided Halliburton's Lagos office last week and detained 10 people, who were later released.

A former Halliburton subsidiary, KBR Incorporated, agreed last year to pay fines of $577 million to the United States to settle accusations it paid bribes to win contracts to build natural gas facilities in Nigeria. The current case is related to that scandal.

Nigerian officials said charges will be filed next week against Cheney and other current and former chief executives of Halliburton and KBR. Charges are also expected against chiefs of European companies Technip SA, Eni, and Eni subsidiary Saipem.