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Ex-professionals found guilty of illegally financing Saddam Hussein

Ex-professionals found guilty of illegally financing Saddam Hussein
Three former professionals in the engineering sector have been penalised for providing finance for the Iraqi government headed up by Saddam Hussein.

An investigation conducted by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) - a government department which derives powers from the Criminal Justice Act 1987 - found that three senior members of staff at Berkshire-based engineering company Mabey & Johnson had provided monetary assistance to the Middle Eastern regime through illegal payments.

Richard Forsyth and David Mabey - ex-directors of the organisation - were found guilty of making payments to Iraq in 2001-02 during a trial held at Southwark Crown Court, while former sales manager Richard Glenhill was also found to have played a role in these illicit transactions.

As a result, Forsyth and Mabey will serve terms of 21 months and eight months respectively in prison, while Glenhill received a sentence of eight months suspended for two years.

SFO director Richard Alderman commented: "I am very pleased with the result. It sends out a very strong message from the courts on this type of offending."

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Posted by Richard Saunders