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This sounds VERY fishy.. Is US trying to squeeze local bidders out of lucrative contracts by accusations of "corruption"? ----- Original Message ----- From: "Hassan" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "CASI" <email@example.com> Sent: Monday, November 24, 2003 12:13 PM Subject: [casi] Pentagon investigating bribes in Iraq > http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId=Cp77TueidAxjHCs1ICMLIzxm > > Pentagon investigating bribes in Iraq > > UPI - Saturday, November 22, 2003 > > Date: Saturday, November 22, 2003 11:33:33 AM EST > > WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The Pentagon is > investigating bribery allegations against two members > of Iraq's Coalition Provisional Authority and Iraq's > communications minister. > > The Financial Times Saturday quoted sources saying the > investigation involves lucrative licenses to build and > operate mobile phone networks in Iraq that were > granted last month to a consortium of Orascom Iraq, > Asia Cell and Atheer. > > The sources said the Pentagon's inspector general > began an investigation into the Orascom contract, > partly because of allegations from a rival bidder that > failed to win one of the licenses, the Times said. > > Communications Minister Haider al-Abadi said he could > not have influenced the licenses because he was > appointed to his post after a CPA selection committee > made their recommendation. > > Ala al-Khawaja, a partner in the Orascom-led > consortium, has also denied taking bribes, the Times > said. Orascom has also denied any wrongdoing. > > -- > Copyright 2003 by United Press International. > All rights reserved. > > > > > > __________________________________ > Do you Yahoo!? > Protect your identity with Yahoo! Mail AddressGuard > http://antispam.yahoo.com/whatsnewfree > > _______________________________________________ > Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. > To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss > To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org > All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk