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Australian FM denies knowing of Iraq kickbacks

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told an official inquiry he knew nothing about huge kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq despite 21 diplomatic warnings which were sent to his office. Downer was the second minister after Trade Minister Mark Vaile Monday to appear before the commission of inquiry into the bribes. He may be followed into the witness box later this week by Prime Minister John Howard. The probe into national wheat exporter AWB’s huge sanctions-busting bribes was the first time Australia’s longest serving foreign minister has faced such a public grilling in his 10 years in the job. Full Story

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