On September 8, a court in the Southern District of New York State issued a ruling against Afework Bereket, a 53-year-old dual citizen of Ethiopia and Sweden, formerly a manager at telecommunications company Ericsson with responsibility for the Horn of Africa market.
Bereket is accused of having bribed two senior officials of the Djibouti government between 2010 and 2014, paying a substantial bribe aimed at facilitating the signing of a contract of more than 20 million euros in favor of the company. The bribes, totaling $2.1 million, were allegedly paid to two senior government officials and a manager of the local telephone company, passing through U.S. bank accounts.
This prompted the intervention of the U.S. courts, which charged the former Ericsson employee with conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCA) and money laundering, risking up to 25 years in prison if found guilty on both counts.
Afework Bereket is currently untraceable.