The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the country’s financial regulator have informed Australia-based mining giant BHP Billiton it could still be charged over allegations the company bribed overseas officials, which include claims of improper payments to members of the Cambodian government. Prime Minister Hun Sen personally oversaw a 2006 deal for BHP Billiton to explore 100,000 hectares of Mondolkiri province for bauxite. The company pulled out of Cambodia in 2009 as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asked that BHP Billiton provide evidence relating to payments that could have breached the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
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