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Oil Trader’s Atty Says No Plea Talks Yet In Ecuador Bribe Rap- Law360

A Texas oil trader pled not guilty Friday in Brooklyn federal court to charges that he paid $870,000 in bribes from his former firm, Vitol Group, to former Ecuadorian officials in exchange for business including a $300 million fuel contract — and his lawyer shook off a prosecutor’s overture to begin plea talks.

At a telephone arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, 46-year-old Javier Aguilar of Houston denied charges of conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and to launder money. He received a tentative Oct. 29 date to appear before U.S. District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano for a follow-up conference.

“Mr. Aguilar pled not guilty and we will see everyone in court,” his lawyer, Alex Spiro, said in an email to Law360 after the hearing.

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#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:
Sworn testimony: While Texaco met its environmental obligations in the Amazon, #Ecuador’s national oil company did “absolutely nothing” to address its own remediation in the area. #FactsMatter:
DENIED: @SCOTUS rejects hearing case of Steven Donziger, who bribed Ecuadorian judge in failed effort to bilk Chevron for billions of dollars.

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