Naval Seal Team Six, the U.S. Navy’s elite special operations unit, is scheduled to begin trial on Tuesday in a federal corruption case involving a $5 million contract to seal a facility in Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press reported.
The trial, which began on Thursday, is being closely watched for clues to whether the U .
S. government should be criminally charged in connection with the investigation into a massive corruption scandal at the Saudi Arabian Navy.
The Seal Team was assigned to work at the al-Udeid Air Base in Saudi on a $3.5 billion contract for a $2 billion facility in February 2009.
The base, in the eastern part of the kingdom, is the home of the U,S.
Seal Team six is charged with accepting bribes in exchange for work at al- Udeid.
They allegedly accepted money from a man in a $100,000-a-month consulting job at the base, who allegedly told them he could buy helicopters, aircraft and a U.N. peacekeeping mission.
The team allegedly also accepted $1 million in bribes from a Uruzgan, the city where the base is located, and the defense contractor who built the facility.
Investigators believe that Seal Team member Robert L. McAllister accepted $400,000 in cash from a contractor to cover his expenses at the facility in exchange, the AP reported.
Mcallister pleaded guilty last month to accepting bribes and other money to get the work done.
He is being held without bail.
As part of a plea deal, the Navy has agreed to pay Seal Team members $1.5 million in restitution, including a $500,000 fine.
The Navy will also pay Seal Teams lawyers $200,000 and will give them a $1,500 bonus, which will be used to help pay for other Seal Team expenses, the defense attorney said.