By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Chief Reporter
POLICE are expected to bring charges on Friday morning against a man in connection with the 2003 bribery allegations at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC).
The court action comes after months of speculation over whether the government would act on the US Department of Justice report that French power company Alstom SA paid more than $300,000 to a BEC member to influence contracts to a French company between 1999 and 2003.
This is related to a widespread scheme involving tens of millions of dollars in bribes to countries around the world, including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson pledged last month that Bahamians would “absolutely” learn the identity of the person accused of the bribe.
The French company allegedly hid payments to the Bahamian official, routing them through an American consultant who was a “close personal friend” of one person able to influence the awarding of BEC contracts.
Following the revelation last year – which was reported exclusively in Tribune Business - former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson, who at the time had the electricity corporation in his portfolio, expressed “difficulty” with the situation.
Mr Watson has maintained that he was unaware of any controversy surrounding generator purchase contracts, or the events that allegedly took place between 1999 and 2001 when the Free National Movement was in office.
The man will be taken before a magistrate at 10.30am on Friday, according to police bulletin.