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ICE suspends jailed Mabey directors

31 Oct 12 Mabey & Johnson former directors David Mabey and Charles Forsyth, who were imprisoned last year for paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi government, have now been suspended from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

The two men were also issued with a ‘severe reprimand’ by the ICE’s disciplinary board.

Managing director Charles Forsyth, who was sentenced to 21 months and branded the most culpable by the judge at last year’s trial, has been suspended from the ICE for two years for ‘improper conduct’.

David Mabey, who at the time of the offences was sales director of the steel bridge fabricator, has been suspended from the ICE for six months.

The two men were found guilty in February 2011 of making illegal payments to Sadam Hussein’s regime in Iraq during 2001/02 in breach of United Nations sanctions.  Mabey & Johnson had entered into a contract under the UN Oil-for Food Programme.The contract price for the supply of 13 steel modular bridges was inflated by 10%, or more than €420,000, to line the pockets of officials.

Forsyth was sentenced to 21 months; Mabey got eight months.

A third executive, sales manager Richard Gledhill, who actually set up the deal, was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, after giving evidence against his bosses who had approved his actions.

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