Swedish government drawn into Oil For Food scandal

The Swedish Government is being accused of knowing about illegal payoffs.

14 Swedish firms are among those accused of ignoring the  sanctions imposed by the UN in 1996, after Iraq secretly demanded a 10 per cent top up fee from them.

A Foreign Office spokesmen said other countries were also aware of Iraq’s demands and the government here couldn’t do anything to stop it. A worker at the Foreign Office says Sweden didn’t want to act for fear that companies would be blacklisted.

A prosecutor for the United Nations, who is investigating the corruption, says Sweden could have warned the UN and it could have been stopped.