The British agent convicted in the Sudan corruption scam has dismissed the verdict of Nepal's Special Court, claiming that the firm was not involved in any wrongdoing in the supply of Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to the UN mission of the Nepal Police.
Alan Bardell, spokesperson for Assured Risks, told the BBC that the Nepal court's verdict was "not acceptable" and that the agency is not also going to file an appeal at the Supreme Court.
Saying that the agency did not receive any information about the court proceedings in Nepal, the spokesperson said the APCs were supplied according to the contract signed with it and that the vehicles might have decayed as they were kept unused on the seaside for one year.
Announcing its final verdict on Monday, the Special Court slapped hefty fine along with jail sentence to three for Inspector Generals of Nepal Police - IGPs Om Bikram Rana, Hem Bahadur Gurung and Ramesh Chand Thakuri - and Michael Rider, the director of Assured Risks and local agent Shambhu Bharati.
Rider has been given two years of jail sentence along with Rs 284 million fine for his involvement in the corruption scandal. nepalnews.com