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CARIBBEAN: Antigua PM standing by diplomat in midst of international bribery scandal

By Caribbean 360
Prime Minister Gaston Browne

Prime Minister Gaston Browne

CARIBBEAN 360 – In an about turn, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne is standing behind the island’s embattled ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Casroy James, who has been linked to the Brazilian company Odebrecht embroiled in an international bribery scandal.

Last month, Antigua and Barbuda was listed among countries named in United States court documents that alleged Odebrecht and other co-conspirators paid nearly US$8 million in bribes to Government officials in about a dozen countries.

The documents claim that an Odebrecht employee met with a consular official from Antigua and an intermediary to a high level government official in Antigua in order to conceal the corrupt activities of the global construction conglomerate.

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