U.S. judge rejects lawsuit against Iraqi program of the United Nations

U.S. judge rejects lawsuit against Iraqi program of the United Nations

Published 07/02/2013 07:00 AM

NEW YORK – (Reuters)
Rejected a U.S. judge on Wednesday a petition filed by Iraq accusing dozens of companies in collusion with the system leader Saddam Hussein to thwart oil for food program established by the United Nations and deprive Iraqi citizens of needed aid estimated at ten billion dollars.
said U.S. District Judge in Manhattan Sydney Stein It is not possible for the Government of Iraq to obtain compensation for damages and losses suffered by the under U.S. law to combat graft because most of the irregularities occurred in foreign countries.

He added that Iraq could not prove that the corporate behavior was a major cause of damage and said that the behavior of Saddam Hussein can be attributed legally to the current government.
judge wrote in his decision, “the court rejected arguments Iraq that it is possible to evade responsibility because the behavior was not legally or officials assumed power illegally. ”
were indicted by name to more than 90 companies and subsidiaries and branches in the lawsuit which was held in 2008 against oil for food program, which cost $ $ 64.2 billion and Adair in the period between 1996 and 2003.
program allowed Iraq to sell oil to buy food, medicine and other goods to citizens affected by the sanctions of international trade.
Many of the current allegations of the Iraqi government are derived from the report of the United Nations in October 2005 prepared by a committee led by Chairman U.S. Federal Reserve, former Paul Volcker.
Under the report, Iraq sold oil $ 64.2 billion dollars to companies number 248 companies under the program, while it sold 3,614 companies merchandise for humanitarian purposes in Iraq $ 34.5 billion.
Iraq said in a lawsuit filed by Saddam Hussein defrauded the program to sell oil at prices lower than prices in the market in exchange for kickbacks and pay much higher to buy food for side payments.
added that the participation of the defendants deprived Iraqi citizens of supply key was to be paid to the bank account.
The judge rejected the U.S. Iraq’s attempt to download the defendants collectively responsible under the law of graft U.S. law corruption bodies referring to the parties’ agreement that Saddam is responsible abuses mentioned in the invitation.
Stein said that alleged irregularities committed outside the United States despite the presence of United Nations Headquarters in New York and he would not be a proper application of U.S. law on this activity “abroad.”
and ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003 and executed a death sentence in.

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