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Monday, November 27, 2006

Oil-for-food catch-up

Good round-up of the oil-for-food scandal charges in The Australian: Around the world, heads are rolling. Here's something that I missed on the wire services:

In Paris, Total oil group No.2 Christophe de Margerie, due to become chief executive next year, was charged last month with paying illegal commissions to obtain favours for the oil group in Iraq between 1996 and 2002. A former senior Total executive, Bernard de Combret, who left the group in 2002, has been charged with similar offences. Both are expected to go on trial next year.

For a little more on this, go here.

For those who have been following the scandal and international wheat marketing politics, on Friday Australia's Cole Inquiry report was released, Herald Sun: Criminal probe on AWB chiefs. Here's a link to the massive report.

Posted by Kevin Steel on November 27, 2006 in International Affairs | Permalink


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Interesting. One always suspected that Total's interest in Iraqi oil had a strong element of corruption.
Given the link between Jean Chretien and Total Group (via his son-in-law, as previously noted by Mark Steyn and yourself Kevin) one wonders about 'da Canadian values' that kept us out of Iraq.

Posted by: Greg R | 2006-11-27 11:51:28 AM

This is welcome news and I hope it gets the coverage that it needs to become a frontpage national issue...though I won't hold my breath where the msm is concerned.
The libs are in the thick of this as all should know and I can't think of better timing in light of a possible spring election call.
Yoo hoo Maurice.....Where are you; come out.

Oh I nearly forgot....he's unavailable for comment at this time .

Hope everyone is keeping warm today as its cool out there.

Posted by: Simon | 2006-11-27 12:47:44 PM

Good 'catch', Kevin. The big, ugly, Blow-fish is still floating around in Oriental swamps but his days are numbered...The crooked Oil-For-$$ people involved in the starvation of Iraq people to enrich their own bank accounts could be backing the Saddam die hards in Iraq right now. People guilty of such egregious crimes against people need to be fished out of the sludge and dried out economically.

The Blow-fish (Mo Strong) helped write the Kyota thingie, think about that before giving credibility to that 'scrap of paper'.

Posted by: jema54j | 2006-11-27 2:24:35 PM

"Da proof is in da proof"

True justice has long arms my blithering liberal friends.....

Posted by: missing link | 2006-11-27 4:12:56 PM

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