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Court exonerates DP World from all charges in Djibouti case

An international arbitration court has exonerated DP World from all charges of misconduct related to the award of a 50-year concession to operate a container facility in Djibouti.

The port operator was taken to the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) by the government of Djibouti in 2014 over allegations that it paid bribes to the head of the country’s port and free zone authority to secure a concession for the operation of Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) in 2006.

The English Commercial Court dismissed all related charges against Abdourahman Boreh in March 2016.

According to a statement, the LCIA stated in the Partial Final Award that the claims all failed were dismissed, adding that the claimants must bear all costs of the arbitration to date.

It was also ruled that the claimants have to pay “the legal and other costs of the respondents in the arbitration upon an indemnity basis and in an amount to be determined by this tribunal in a further Award”.

The Doraleh Container Terminal, which was built and is operated by DP World, launched in 2009.

The operator continued to manage the facility also during the arbitration proceedings.