South Korean lobbyist indicted for Oil-for-Food fraud

[JURIST] Tongsun Park [Wikipedia profile], a South Korean lobbyist, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan on charges stemming from the now-defunct UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website; JURIST news archive]. Park faces charges of money laundering and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of Saddam Hussein's former government and is accused of taking more than $2 million in Iraqi payoffs for influencing the program while secretly lobbying on behalf of Hussein's government. Last year, Park was also charged in a criminal complaint [PDF text; JURIST report] with conspiracy to act as an unregistered government agent fro Hussein. He was arrested [press release] on January 6, and is currently in jail in Houston awaiting a bail hearing that is scheduled for Thursday. A June 20 trial date is planned. Reuters has more.

 

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