Briton buys oil rights in Darfur Jamie Sterling at 2:32 PM ET
[JURIST] British millionaire Friedhelm Eronat has been awarded oil rights for the Darfur region of Sudan [backgrounder], an area where the Sudanese government has been accused of war crimes and mass murders. Human rights groups like Global Witness [advocacy website] are outraged that anyone is doing business with Sudan's government before a peace settlement has been reached. Eronat, rumored to be worth over $100 million, acquired his fortune through oil transactions, especially those dealing with his offshore company, the Cliveden Group. Sudan's rebel Justice and Equality Movement [official website] believes that the purchase of Darfur's oil rights will further inflame the conflict. The Guardian has more.
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