Botswana may have cut dirty deals with corrupt US Congressman

August 10th, 2009

Sunday Standard

Botswana government officials may have entered into questionable deals with convicted US congressman William Jefferson for educational technology and satellite transmission contracts in exchange for support for Botswana during the “diamond for development” controversy.

Congressman Jefferson, who was the voice of Botswana in the United States Congress during the “blood diamond” controversy, was convicted Wednesday afternoon of using his office to try to enrich himself and relatives through a web of bribes and payoffs involving business ventures in Africa.

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