Vesely, Milan
April 2004
Middle East;Apr2004, Issue 344, p30
Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is believed to have salted away billions of US dollars in banks around the world during his reign of terror. The US military got their man in a relatively short period but getting their hands on Saddam Hussein's money has proved a more difficult task. For months officials of Swiss Bank Corp. have been asking the U.S. to prove its claim that an account belonging to Montana Co., a Panamanian registered company, is a front for former Baath Party officials. Despite repeated requests by Swiss Treasury officials however, their US counterparts have yet to provide any real evidence to back up their claim. Without any hard evidence to back up U.S. Treasury claims that funds in those accounts belong to top 55 former Hussein officials, there is little Swiss government will be inclined to do to help.


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