A Canadian oil company has pleaded guilty to a charge of paying bribes under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. Griffiths Energy International Inc admitted paying a C$2-million bribe and offering shares to Chad’s ambassador to Canada, his wife and others, hoping to obtain drilling rights to two blocks of land in Chad. Griffiths agreed to pay a C$9-million fine plus a C$1.35-million victim fine surcharge. The bribe was paid into a Washington bank account controlled by the ambassador's wife. The corruption was self-reported to the authorities by the company, following an internal investigation by new management estimated to cost $C5 million. As none of the current directors and senior management were in place when the corruption occurred, the company was not put on probation.