Gardai probe UN papers in oil-for-food investigation

Gardai investigating Irish-linked companies which allegedly paid Saddam Hussein’s government for contracts in the oil-for-food programme, are examining financial records sent by UN headquarters in New York.

14th July, 2007

Gardai investigating Irish-linked companies which allegedly paid Saddam Hussein’s government for contracts in the oil-for-food programme, are examining financial records sent by UN headquarters in New York.

The oil-for-food programme, set up by the UN in 1995, allowed Iraq to sell oil in exchange for food, medicine and other humanitarian provisions for its citizens, but prohibited Iraq from rebuilding its military.

When the programme ended in 2003, it was alleged it had been used...

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