2010年8月22日日曜日

Xe 罰金支払いで合意

元ブラックウォータは、罰金を支払うことを合意した。
 イラクで市民殺害事件を起こした米系民間警備会社ブラックウオーター
(「Xe」に社名変更)が、スーダンの反政府勢力の軍事訓練を計画する
など、数百の軍事関連輸出規制違反を認め、刑事訴追免除を条件に
4200万ドルを米政府に支払うことで合意したと報じた。

輸出規制法違反数百万-ドル罰金を支払い。
司法妨害罪で起訴。
イラク政府幹部への贈賄工作疑惑。

CIAとの訓練契約で、1億ドルが手に入るらしいから、罰金は対した額では
ないのだろう。

旧ブラックウォーター 任務遂行中


---米政府に36億円支払いで合意 武器輸出の民間警備会社---
2010.8.21 13:14
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/america/100821/amr1008211314004-n1.htm

 米紙ニューヨーク・タイムズ(電子版)は20日、イラクで市民殺害事件を起こした米系民間警備会社ブラックウオーター(「Xe」に社名変更)が、スーダンの反政府勢力の軍事訓練を計画するなど、数百の軍事関連輸出規制違反を認め、刑事訴追免除を条件に4200万ドル(約36億円)を米政府に支払うことで合意したと報じた。複数の米政府高官や同社関係者の話としている。
 これとは別に同社元幹部5人はヨルダンのアブドラ国王に武器を贈った証拠を隠そうとしたとして司法妨害罪で起訴されている。また、同社によるイラク政府幹部への贈賄工作疑惑についても捜査が行われており、これらの司法手続きや捜査は今後も継続される。
 同社は現在もアフガニスタンで米国務省や米中央情報局(CIA)の関係者警護を請け負っている。(共同)


---Former Blackwater Firm to Pay U.S. Fine---
AUGUST 21, 2010, 12:24 P.M. ET
By NATHAN HODGE
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703579804575442310294300930.html

Xe Services LLC, the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, reached an agreement with the State Department to pay a multi-million-dollar fine over alleged violations of U.S. export-control law.

The agreement spares the firm from possible criminal charges over allegations that it violated arms export restrictions, and allows the company to continue doing business with the U.S. government.

Among other things, the company was said to have proposed a package to train and equip the armed forces of southern Sudan, which emerged as an autonomous region after a U.S.-brokered peace deal in 2005. McClatchy newspapers reported details of Xe's Sudan business aspirations, which were said to include a proposal to train a security detail for south Sudanese leadership and a more ambitious deal worth $100 million to train and equip the south's army. Xe was under scrutiny for other alleged export violations.

The company said in a statement that most of the alleged violations occurred while it was providing support for U.S. government programs, and that all but a few of the exports under investigation were eventually authorized. "Consistent with Xe Services' core mission of supporting U.S. interests, the State Department did not find that any of the alleged violations harmed U.S. national security or foreign policy interests," the company said.

Xe Chief Executive Joseph Yorio said the agreement "reflects another step forward for Xe Services LLC on the path we started over 18 months ago to improve the internal compliance infrastructure while equally maintaining our focus on supporting the missions of our government and commercial customers."

Xe has established an outside oversight committee staffed by a former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and a former top Department of Homeland Security official, and is training staff in export-control compliance and procedures.

Mr. Yorio declined to confirm the amount of the settlement, but Darby Holladay, a State Department official, said Saturday that it was worth $42 million.

Blackwater was founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, the heir to a Michigan auto-parts fortune and a former Navy Seal. Originally, the firm focused on firearms training and target manufacturing, but it became a major player in the booming post-9/11 security market. The company won major U.S. government contracts to provide bodyguard details and other protective services in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, but the Blackwater brand was tarnished in a series of controversies.

The company had a major deal to provide protective services to U.S. government officials in Iraq, but the firm lost its operating license there after a deadly shootout in Baghdad in 2007 claimed the lives of Iraqi civilians. The incident was a major political headache for the U.S. government, and put the company under intense scrutiny in Washington.

Mr. Prince subsequently launched a major business reorganization, rebranding the firm and selling off some assets. This spring, the company sold its aviation fleet to AAR Corp.

Xe continues to perform security services for the government. Earlier this summer, Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta said the agency had awarded Xe a contract to protect its installations in Afghanistan. That contract, worth $100 million, is in addition to a separate contract Xe has with the State Department to protect diplomatic officials in the country.

The firm has provided security details to the CIA in Afghanistan since 2002. In December, a suicide bomber infiltrated an agency base in eastern Afghanistan, killing seven CIA operatives, two of whom were reportedly Xe contractors.

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