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DFID acquires £4.4 million from corruption case to tackle poverty in Chad

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Today, The Times reports that £4.4 million recovered in a corruption case by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is going to be transferred to DFID to help people in desperate need in Chad.

In a High Court case which concluded yesterday, the SFO was granted permission to recover funds from the sale of shares in ‘Chad Oil’, a front company used by Griffiths Energy to bribe Chadian diplomats.

The recovered money will be transferred to DFID, to support ongoing lifesaving work in Chad, which is one of the world’s poorest countries.

Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin said:

 “The UK Government has a zero tolerance approach to corruption and today’s landmark judgment means this money can be used to help the people of Chad.

“DFID is already working in Chad, investing in humanitarian programmes and supporting safety nets to tackle poverty. We will now be working on the details of how these recovered funds can best help one of the poorest countries in the world.”

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