11 Dec 2010

Pfizer calls WikiLeaks claim preposterous

8:00 pm on 11 December 2010

The American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has dismissed as preposterous reports that it hired investigators to uncover evidence of corruption against a former Nigerian attorney-general.

According to a secret US diplomatic cable cable released by WikiLeaks, Pfizer wanted to put pressure on Michael Aondoakaa because he was heading a lawsuit against the company over a 1996 drug trial during a meningitis epidemic.

The trial allegedly led to the deaths of 11 children and left dozens disabled - charges Pfizer denies.

Pfizer reached a $100 million settlement last year with Nigeria's Kano state government over the case.