Obama lawyer: SA state capture players not immune from US prosecution
Former US attorney-general Eric Holder says it is naive to think there would not be increasing focus on dodgy South African companies and individuals
Former US attorney-general Eric Holder says the fact you are not a card-carrying US citizen does not make you immune from prosecution by US authorities under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering legislation. He said that although the US had the ability to indict anyone involved in contravening US law, it was unlikely it would indict a head of state. Holder’s comments come as civil society group Corruption Watch prepares to approach US authorities to prosecute global consultancy McKinsey under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for its role in state capture. It also comes as UK politician Lord Peter Hain pushes UK and EU authorities to probe allegations of money laundering against banks including HSBC, as well as President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas. Holder, who was attorney-general under the Obama administration and is now a partner at Washington law firm Covington & Burling, was speaking at an event in Johannesburg hosted by Bowmans. Of the 10 largest fines levied b...