The case centred on events that took place after Petroleum Shipping, which is responsible for the management and repair of Exxon's tanker fleet, moved from the Netherlands to Southampton in 1994. Cornelis Van der Horst took the bribes for favouring Keppel shipyard in Singapore during the bidding process for ship repair contracts. He pleaded guity at Southampton Crown Court to three specimen charges of corruption.
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The Serious Fraud Office secured a court victory yesterday when a Dutch marine engineer was sentenced to a three-year prison sentence after admitting taking pounds 1.6m in bribes from a Singapore shipyard between January 1994 and May 1995.