United States v. Martirossian

Former Armenian ambassador to China is charged in Ohio with participating in scheme to bribe Kazakh official to secure gas pipeline contract for British company. (The company has a subsidiary based in Ohio, and U.S. banks were allegedly involved to launder money.) The ex-ambassador is in China and declines to travel to Ohio to answer the charges; instead, he seeks (via his lawyers) to have the charges dismissed. Sixth Circuit: Under what’s “known loosely as the fugitive disentitlement doctrine,” he needs to show up to court to secure either “the benefits or the burdens of the ruling.”

Tags: 2019, Bribery, Government Contracts, Sixth Circuit

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