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Food for Oil

Swedish Foreign Ministry Covered up Violations of Sanctions against Iraq

Published onsdag 11 mars 2009 kl 11.36
Swedish Foreign Ministry

Investigations into charges against 3 Volvo car company bosses reveal that the Swedish Foreign Ministry covered up information regarding violations of the United Nations Food for Oil program for Iraq.

The three from the 3 of the American-owned Swedish company are suspected of having paid illegal provisions in 2005 to Iraqi officials in the UN program regulating the exchange of food and medicine for Iraqi oil.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry claimed that it knew nothing about the illegal payments. Today, ministry officials claim they had not seen documents proving the contrary from that year and that they had only heard rumors about the violations of sanctions.

The investigations also indicate that Sweden and other countries were reluctant to look into the reports of the illegal payments at the time.

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