07ASTANA1143, KAZAKHSTAN: INFORMATION ON BAKER HUGHES’ FCPA CASE

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07ASTANA1143 2007-04-30 08:43 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Astana

VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTA #1143 1200843
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 300843Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9296

C O N F I D E N T I A L ASTANA 001143 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NOFORN 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN (M. O'MARA) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/29/2017 
TAGS: ENRG EINV KZ
SUBJECT: KAZAKHSTAN: INFORMATION ON BAKER HUGHES' FCPA CASE 
SHARED WITH GOVERNMENT 
 
REF: STATE 54102 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John Ordway; reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
1. (C) Following receipt of reftel, Ambassador telephoned 
Prime Minister Masimov to inform him of the impending final 
court action and to ask how best to provide the GOK with the 
relevant court documents when they came available.  Masimov 
told the Ambassador to deliver them directly to him. 
 
2. (C) On April 26, after a larger meeting on a different 
issue, Ambassador had a brief one-on-one chat with the Prime 
Minister.  The Ambassador told Masimov that there was a 
question of how the USG would refer to the Kazakhstani 
persons who received the illegal payments.  Masimov said that 
he had no objection to the USG naming the principal official 
involved, and added that this approach would be far better 
than simply saying "Kazakhstani officials."  He said that 
noting that the illegal payments went to officials of 
specific state-owned enterprises would also be preferable to 
simply saying "Kazakhstani officials" which could provoke 
unwarranted speculation about the involvement of officials of 
the government itself. 
 
3. (C) On April 27, Ambassador delivered to Prime Minister 
Masimov copies of the SEC and DOJ press releases, along with 
a number of court documents provided to post by e-mail from 
SCA/CEN.  In the one-on-one meeting, Masimov expressed 
gratitude for the specificity in the two press releases, and 
for the information that had been provided.  Ambassador said 
that he was confident that the USG would cooperate with the 
GOK if the GOK wished to follow-up with its own investigation 
of the alleged Kazakhstani recipients of the illegal 
payments.  Masimov expressed his gratitude for the offer, but 
did not venture an opinion as to whether the GOK would in 
fact pursue the case. 
 
4. (C) Comment:  We understand that the principal figure in 
the case, Zhakyr Marabayev, has left his last job at 
KazMunaiGaz, the state-owned oil and gas company, and has 
essentially disappeared from the local scene.  Masimov, who 
knew exactly who Marabayev is, was totally dismissive about 
any negative consequences to his being named -- which 
strongly suggests that the GOK has no particular interest in 
defending him or his conduct.  There is some press 
speculation already that the GOK may in fact conduct an 
investigation, but we have no basis to confirm that at this 
stage.  End comment. 
ORDWAY

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