Oil for Food Indictments

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Oil for Food Investigation

FBI Announces Indictments in Oil for Food Scandal

The Justice Department and FBI today announced the indictment of Texas oil tycoon David Chalmers and a South Korean who investigators tell ABC News is the key to learning more about how former U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and other U.N. officials may have illegally manipulated the Oil for Food Program.The South Korean, Tongsun Park, is alleged to have received Iraqi money from the only other American so far indicted in the Oil for Food program — Samir Vincent — with the intention of paying off U.N. officials to better the program. The U.N. officials remain unnamed. Park was the focus of a federal investigation for months, ABC News has learned, though he is not presently in custody. Today, U.S. Attorney David Kelley said he believed Park was in his native South Korea. Investigators tells ABC News they do not know where Park is, and that to catch him he would have to return to the U.S. or be extradited by the country in which he currently lives. David Chalmers ran Bayoil, one of the largest oil companies of its kind in the world. He is seen as one of, if not the most, significant oil trader in the Oil for Food scandal. He is alleged to have paid "millions" in illegal kickbacks to the Saddam Hussein regime and to have tried to artificially decrease oil prices in order to increase his profits. (ABCNEWS)

U.S. Prosecutor: 3 Indicted In U.N. Oil-For-Food Scandal

A Texas businessman, along with a Bulgarian and a British citizen, have been indicted for an alleged scheme to pay millions of dollars in secret kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq as part of the United Nations' oil-for-food program, federal prosecutors said Thursday. (AP)

OTHER INVESTIGATIONS

U.K.

Just One of 9 Suspects Convicted in 2003 British Poison Plot Case

The man who was convicted was sentenced to 17 years in prison, but he had already been jailed for life for killing a police officer. (NY Times)

U.S.

Rudolph Admits Bombing '96 Olympic Park, Clinics

The defiant ex-fugitive cites hatred of abortion, government sanctions. A U.S. plea agreement lets 'cold, callous' killer avoid death penalty. (LA Times)

Guantánamo Detainee's Suit Says Prison Guards Beat Him

A lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday says guards at the Guantánamo Bay detention center beat a detainee frequently, leaving him with visible scars and partial facial paralysis. (NY Times)

U.S. Designates Al Zarqawi Financer For Providing Support

The US Department of the Treasury today designated Bilal Mansur Al-Hiyari, a Jordanian, for "providing financial support" to the Zarqawi Network, an al Qaida-affiliated terrorist group active in Iraq. (Press Trust of India)

Germany

German Police Launch Terror Raids

German police have launched a series of raids across the country as part of investigations into Islamist terror networks, officials say. (BBC)

U.K.

Scotland Yard Secretly Recorded Abu Hamza's Sermons

Sermons given by radical London-based cleric Abu Hamza al Masri were secretly recorded by Scotland Yard, sources close to the defense team told Asharq Al Awsat. In the 60 tapes, which were recorded between 1999 and 2004, Abu Hamza is heard calling for the killing of Jews. Abu Hamza is currently facing terrorism-related charges in the U.K. (Asharq Al Awsat)

U.S.

Travellers Squeezed By Air Security

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