The Trial of Saddam Hussein and The Fallout of The War

The Trial of Saddam Hussein


The fallout in the Middle East from the regime change in Iraq

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

AWB Report Out Next Month

Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, has been told to expect to receive the much awaited final report from the AWB oil-for-food inquiry commissioner Terence Cole on June 30th.

Mr Cole is leading the commission of inquiry into the $300M in kickbacks that the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) paid to Saddam Hussein's regime, under the UN oil for food initiative.

The inquiry began in January, and was expected to deliver its report by March 31st. The deadline was extended until June by the Governor-General, Michael Jeffery, on March 10th.

It was expected that former United Nations customs official, Felicity Johnston, would give evidence this week. However, this has been delayed whilst Ms Johnston's lawyers and those assisting the commissioner discuss how she will give her evidence; either by videolink, or fly from Washington to Sydney to appear in person before Mr Cole.

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