Claims Government Knew More About Iraqi Kickbacks
Swedish Radio News says the Swedish government knew more than previously reported about illegal pay-offs in connection with the Iraqi Oil for Food program.
A representative from the health sector NGO Swecare says the subject came up in meetings with representatives from the government and the Swedish Export Council. Hans Dahlgren, the top civil servant at the Foreign Ministry admits the government knew about the illegal pay-offs, but assumed Swedish companies were not involved.
However, Swedish Radio News points to a report from the Swedish embassy in Amman, Jordan, which said the demands for kickbacks had become systematic. Swedish Radio News also says a Swedish civil servant was present at an official meeting in Baghdad in November 2000, where an Iraqi minister openly talked about the illegal pay-offs.