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Intermediary denies protecting Swiss friend at Vitol during US bribery trial of former trader

By Samuel Rubenfeld
  • 02 Feb 2024 01:26
  • 02 Feb 2024 02:09
A cooperating US government witness in an alleged Vitol bribery scheme repeatedly denied protecting his Swiss friend at the commodities giant, a man who defense lawyers for a former trader on trial say is the real culprit in the case.
Lionel Hanst, a Curacao-based intermediary in the alleged bribery scheme,

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Samuel Rubenfeld


Samuel Rubenfeld is a reporter covering cases of bribery and corruption and some international trade issues. Prior to joining MLex, he was editor of the Kharon Brief, a news and data analysis platform focused on global security issues, including sanctions and export controls. Earlier in his career, Rubenfeld spent about a decade at The Wall Street Journal, including nearly nine years as a reporter covering corporate risk and compliance concerns such as bribery, money laundering, sanctions, terrorist financing and whistleblowers.

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