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Sunday, February 03, 2013
slush funds for House of Saud
Systems was at the centre of a Serious Fraud Office investigation into
allegations that it made corrupt payments totalling £6bn to Saudi royals to
secure the al-Yamamah arms deal. The
company was suspected of bribing ruling Saudis through a network of front
companies and offshore slush funds. Prince
Turki bin Nasser — the Saudi official in charge of the al-Yamamah deal — was the
principal beneficiary of a £60m slush fund paid through Traveller’s World, a
West End travel agency. New
documents from the SFO’s BAE files, seen by The Sunday Times, show that the
benefits he received included a £220,000 Maybach 57 limousine, which was shipped
to his Jeddah palace, and a £2m caravan complex in the Saudi desert." (thanks Sultan)
Comic by Terry Furry, reproduced from "Heard the One About the Funny Leftist?" by Cris Thompson, East Bay Express
As'ad AbuKhalil, born March 16, 1960. From Tyre, Lebanon, grew up in Beirut. Received his BA and MA from American University of Beirut in pol sc. Came to US in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. His favorite food is fried eggplants.
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