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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Iraq Minister contributed to Bush Campaign

...and is now a fugitive, on the run, from corruption charges.

Seems like a free-for-all out there, for corrupt bussines types, just like here.

The Bushites are creating a Capitalist nightmare in their own image, in Iraq.


Slogger has learned that the ex-Iraqi government minister who is the subject of a nationwide manhunt in Iraq contributed to George W. Bush's presidential campaigns before and after being appointed by U.S. authorities as Iraq's minister of electricity.

Aiham Alsammarae, an Iraqi-American who considered the Chicago area home for 27 years until 2003, escaped his Baghdad Green Zone jail Sunday in an effort to avoid facing prosecution on corruption charges.

After escaping, Alsammarae, in telephone interviews with U.S. newspaper correspondents, taunted Iraqi authorities, said he was fleeing death threats in Iraq, and claimed he had already left the country.


Blogger Bill Baar said...

Alsammare is an old friedn of Tony Rezko. The same Rezko who helped Barack Obama buy a house in Chicago recently. Alsammare is wanted for questioning in Chicago by the US Attorney,

Alsammarae did not answer the Sun-Times' questions about an Iraqi power-plant contract that is of interest to U.S. authorities in Chicago.

That deal, which no longer is in effect, included recently indicted Wilmette businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a former top fund-raiser for Gov. Blagojevich. It happened under Alsammarae's watch as Iraq's electricity chief.

Federal authorities here want to learn more about the deal because Rezko and Alsammarae know each other, and each has been accused of corruption, a source familiar with the investigation told the Sun-Times earlier this month. Alsammarae and Rezko attended the Illinois Institute of Technology together in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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