On July 25, Frederic Cilins, a French citizen who pled guilty in March to obstructing a federal criminal investigation into alleged bribes of officials of the Republic of Guinea, was sentenced to 24 months in prison.   The investigation related to allegations that a mining company with which Cilins was affiliated had bribed state officials to obtain mining concessions in the Simandou region of Guinea.  According to the government, Cilins sought to induce a witness to commit bribery and offered to pay the witness to destroy evidence.  The government also alleged that Cilins had urged the witness to leave the United States to avoid being questioned by the FBI about these allegations.  United States v. Cilins, 1 Cr. 315 (S.D.N.Y.) DOJ Press Release

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