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The Iraqi government announced today that it intends to file suit in United States courts to recover funds allegedly embezzled from the United Nations oil-for-food program during Saddam Hussein's rule.
A statement by government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said the lawsuits would target companies and individuals that conspired to corrupt the U.N. program.
Iraq to file oil-for-food lawsuit in U.S. courts
The UN oil-for-food programme allowed Saddam Hussein's government to sell oil in order to buy humanitarian supplies during UN sanctions from 1996-2003.
An inquiry found that 2,200 firms paid $1.8bn in bribes to Iraqi officials.
Iraq to sue oil-for-food suspects