Loading articles...

Lawyer for Israeli diamond magnate denies corruption claims

GENEVA — A lawyer for an Israeli diamond magnate facing charges in Switzerland of corruption and forging documents says his client didn’t send “a single dollar” to “anybody” in Guinea linked to that nation’s late former President Lansana Conte, rejecting allegations by a Geneva prosecutor.

Tycoon Beny Steinmetz and two other defendants have been ordered to stand trial in connection with $10 million in bribes allegedly paid to a former wife of Conte. The payouts were allegedly part of a plot by Steinmetz’s BSGR Group to squeeze out a competitor for mining rights in Guinea’s southeastern Simandou region in 2005-2010.

Lawyer Marc Bonnant said Wednesday that Steinmetz “denies any wrongdoing” and will appear for the trial, which isn’t expected for months.

If convicted, Steinmetz could face two to 10 years in prison.

The Associated Press

Latest Traffic & Weather
680 NEWS TRAFFIC @680NEWStraffic 680 News Traffic Twitter verified icon
Updated Just moments ago
UPDATE: EB 401 east of the 400 collectors - two left lanes closed. #EB401
Latest Traffic
680 NEWS WEATHER @680NEWSweather 
Updated 13 minutes ago
Friday forecast in #Toronto will see a continuation of our heat wave. Greatest risk of afternoon thunderstorms will…
Latest Weather