Volvo Managers Broke UN Sanctions?
Three former Volvo managers are being investigated for bribing Saddam Hussein’s regime. They will now be charged with breaking UN sanctions.
The three managers are suspected of paying bribes of over two million US dollars to Saddam Hussein’s regime in order to get a large contract.
The transgression is said to have taken place between 2000 and 2002 during the UN’s so called Oil for food programme.
However, the three defendants maintain that the Swedish Foreign Office and the UN, by not intervening, had given them a silent agreement to carry on with payments.
According to the prosecutor Christer van der Kwast, this is no excuse. He says UN sanctions are UN sanctions regardless if some officials are not doing their job properly by enforcing them.