Russia asks Italy to drop charges against envoy in Nigerian kickbacks case

Russia has asked Italy to drop charges against a former ambassador caught up in a Nigerian corruption case, legal documents showed on Wednesday.

Ednan Tofik ogly Agaev, a former Russian ambassador in Colombia, is charged with international corruption in a case revolving around the 2011 purchase by oil majors Eni and Shell of Nigeria’s OPL 245 oilfield. Milan prosecutors allege bribes totalling around $1.1 billion were paid to win the licence to explore the field.

Agaev and all the parties involved in the case have denied any wrongdoing. Documents filed by prosecutors with the Milan court on Wednesday showed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov handed a letter to his Italian counterpart in Moscow at a meeting on Oct. 8, calling on Italian authorities to be “reasonable”.

Source: Reuters

 

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