UN officials cited in US oil-for-food criminal complaint

[JURIST] Two high-ranking but unidentified United Nations officials have been cited in the criminal complaint [PDF] released Thursday against South Korean businessman Tongsun Park for his involvement in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal [JURIST news archive]. Park is accused of accepting millions of dollars from the Iraqi government while operating in the US as an unregistered agent for Saddam Hussein. The criminal complaint details financial arrangements between Park and two UN officials involved in the oil-for-food program. Park has been involved in other scandals before, most notably an attempt to buy influence in Congress in the 1970s. Also yesterday, David Chalmers, owner of Texas oil company Bayoil, along with oil traders Ludmil Dionissiev and John Irving were indicted for involvement in the scandal [JURIST report]. The three men were charged with paying millions of dollars in kickbacks to the Iraqi government in exchange for oil deals. AP has more.



 

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