Friday, November 18, 2005

Feeding Saddam: French corruption and the oil-for-food scandal

From the Telegraph:

One of France's most distinguished diplomats has confessed to an investigating judge that he accepted oil allocations from Saddam Hussein, it emerged yesterday.

Jean-Bernard Mérimée is thought to be the first senior figure to admit his role in the oil-for-food scandal, a United Nations humanitarian aid scheme hijacked by Saddam to buy influence.

The Frenchman, who holds the title "ambassador for life", told authorities that he regretted taking payments amounting to $156,000 (then worth about £108,000) in 2002.

Regrets, regrets. But the illicit oil-for-food program fed Saddam's tyranny. How do you apologize for that?

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