MANHATTAN (CN) – The Republic of Iraq demands billions of dollars from more than 70 corporations that profited from corruption in the United Nations Oil-For-Food Program, “the largest financial fraud in human history.”
Citing the Oct. 27, 2005, UN-sponsored Volcker Report, Iraq claims that though Saddam Hussein’s regime devised the corruption, the defendants “individually decided to join the conspiracy in order to reap the economic benefits.”
Without the participation of defendants, says the complaint, “the former Hussein’s regime corruption of the OFFP would not have been possible.”
The complaint continues: “Billions of dollars were lost, all of which was directly translatable into food, medicine and other humanitarian goods that were supposed to reach the Iraqi people. The resulting damage in human suffering caused to the Republic of Iraq and to the people of Iraq is virtually incalculable.”
Well-known names among the defendants include Akzo Nobel, BNP Paribas, Damiler-Chrysler, Chevron, Boston Scientific, Daewoo, Dow, Eastman Kodak, Eli Lilly, El Paso Corp., Fiat, SmithKlineBeecham, Hoffman La Roche, Siemens, Renault, and Texas oil man Oscar Wyatt Jr.
Iraq is represented by Maney & Purrington of Houston and Stephen Albright of Commack, N.Y.
Here are the defendants: ABB AG; ABB Automation; ABB Electric Sanaya AS; ABB Industries AC Machines; ABB Industries Champagne; ABB Near East Trading Ltd.; AVV Solyvent-Ventec; Agco Denmark A/S; Valtra Do Brazil; Air Liquide Engineering; Akzo Nobel NV; NV Organon; Intervet International BV; Astra Zeneca AB; Mais Co. for Medical Products; Atlas Copco Airpower NV et al.; AWB Ltd.; B. Braun Medical France et al.; Aesculap AG & KG et al.; Boston Scientific SA; BNP Paribas USA et al.; Buhler Ltd.; David Chalmers Jr.; Chevron Corp.; Daewoo International Corp.; Daimler-Chysler AG; Dow Agrosciences; Eastman Kodak SA; Ebewe Pharma Ges MBH; Eli-Lilly Exports SA; El Paso Corp.; Evapco Europe Srl; Fiat Avio; Flowserve Pompes BV et al.; GlaxoSmithKline Walls House et al.; SmithklineBeecham International; ABG Allgemeine Baumaschinen-Gesellschaft MBH Dresser International Ingersoll-Rand Italiana SpA et al.; Thermo King Ireland Ltd.; Cilag AG International; Janssen Pharmaceutical; KIA Motors; Liebherr Export AG et al.; Serono Pharma International; Merial Novo Nordisk; Pauwels; Railtech International; F. Hoffman La Roche; Siemens SAA of France; Siemens Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. of Turkey; Osram Middle East FZE; Solar Turbines Europe; St. Jude Medical Export GMBH; Sulzer Burckhardt Engineering Works Ltd.; Sulzer Pumpen Deutschland GMBH; Sulzer Turbo Ltd.; Textron Inc.; Union Pump SAS fka David Brown Guinard Pumps SAS; David Brown Transmissions of France S.A.; Renault Trucks SAS; Renault Agriculture & Sonalika International; Renault V.I.; Volvo Construction Co. AB, a successor to Volvo Construction Equipment International; The Weir Group; Oscar S. Wyatt Jr.; Vitol S.A.; Woodhouse International; and York Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.