Britons accused over Saddam oil

Two British oil traders have been charged with breaching United Nations sanctions on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

Aftab Al Hassan, 65, from north London, appeared at City of London Magistrates on Thursday accused of funnelling $1.6m into accounts controlled by Saddam.

A second man, Riad el Tahir, 70, from Esher, Surrey, appeared on 19 August. Neither man has yet entered a plea.

Their arrests followed an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into misuse of Iraq’s oil-for-food programme.


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