posted on Oct, 12 2005 @ 07:53 AM
Former French ambassador Jean-Bernard Merimee is being questioned today into allegedly profiteering during the U.N. embargo against Iraq of the 1990s.
The kickback inquiry allegedly benefited such people from companies all over the world, including Saddam Hussein. Up to 11 French business men and
politicians were involved in the scandal, including former Interior Minister Charles Pasque.
In September, a committee looking into the kickbacks released its final, highly critical report of the affair, which condemned unethical and corrupt
behavior and blamed U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for mismanagement.
In a previous report, the Volcker committee, named for former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker who heads the committee investigating the program, also
implicated some 11 French businessmen and politicians in the scandal, including former Interior Minister Charles Pasqua.
Merimee, France's onetime ambassador to Italy and permanent representative at the U.N. Security Council was among them. He is among several under
investigation in France by Courroye.
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Things like this are taking far too long to be investigated and resolved. The incident occurred fifteen years ago, so does this mean that in fifteen
years we will be digging up scandals from the current war in Iraq? Things need to be prevented from happening with more ‘checks’ ensuring nothing
of this nature is occurring.
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