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Another thing that strikes me about this. UNSC Res 1511 declares that the Iraqi Governing Council embodies the sovereignty of Iraq. Although 1511 and 1483 have given quite extraordinary powers to the Coalition Provisional Authority (largely the power to dispose of money stolen ('frozen') from the Iraqi government), the CPA is still legally no more than an occupying power. This surely means that the CPA derives any authority it might have in international law from the ICG and not vice versa. So how can 'the Pentagon' (of all bodies) judge the IGC? And how come the ICG has agreed so swiftly (and unanimously?) to its own dissolution (as in the new arrangement agreed with astonishing speed after Bremer's visit to Washington). These new arrangements also absolve the ICG of the obligation to make arrangements for a new constitution - an obligation imposed upon it by UNSC 1511. So what do our international lawyers have to say about that? Peter > From: "ppg" <email@example.com> > Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2003 13:47:17 -0500 > To: "Hassan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "CASI" <email@example.com> > Subject: Re: [casi] Pentagon investigating bribes in Iraq > > 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 > _______________________________________________ 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