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Iraq lodges $10bn lawsuit over ‘Oil-for-Food scam’: Chevron a defendant

Times Online
July 2, 2008

Iraq lodges $10bn lawsuit over ‘Oil-for-Food scam’

New York The Iraqi Government is suing dozens of companies for $10 billion (£5 billion) after they allegedly defrauded the country’s citizens out of food and medical provisions during Saddam Hussein’s rule.

Iraq has hired Maney and Purrington, a law firm from Texas, to sue 70 corporations such as Chevron, the oil company, GlaxoSmithKline, the drugs group, BNP Paribas, the French bank, and Chrsyler, the car manufacturer, for allegedly paying bribes to the dictator to secure business contracts under the United Nations Oil-for-Food programme. The programme was intended to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food and medicine for ordinary Iraqis without allowing the military to be rebuilt.

A civil lawsuit was filed at the US Federal Court in Manhattan on Friday. It is seeking damages from companies that have already been investigated by the UN.

Chevron and BNP Paribas failed to return calls yesterday. Glaxo declined to comment.

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