Iraq to file lawsuits over UN oil-for-food programmeJune 29th, 2008 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS
Baghdad, June 29 (Xinhua) The Iraqi government said Sunday it would file lawsuits in US courts against companies and individuals who benefitted illegally from the UN oil-for-food programme. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement posted on the government website that “the Iraqi government has decided to file lawsuits in US courts against a group of companies and individuals that conspired to corrupt the United Nations oil-for-food programme.”
He said that his government was taking this step to recover the losses the people sustained because of the unlawful dealings and make those who benefited illegitimately from the programme “accountable for their actions.”
However, the statement did not name any company or individual against whom the legal procedures were planned.
The oil-for-food programme was launched by the UN in 1995, under a UN Security Council resolution and terminated in the late 2003.
The programme was intended to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs for ordinary its citizens without allowing Iraq to rebuild its military.
Saddam Hussein’s regime allegedly embezzled millions of dollars from the scheme as a result of mismanagement of the programme.