Allegations have surfaced and have implicated Iraqi government officials in corruption charges involving the oil company, Unaoil.
According to reports by Fairfax Media, The AGe and the Sydney Morning Herald newspapers, The Huffington Post, all corroborate that Monaco-based Unaoil bribed and paid off government officials in Iraq, Iran and Libya. After the careful examination of several thousand emails, the article implicates that Unaoil channelled funds to officials on behalf of operators working with Unaoil to help win billions of dollars worth of government bids and contracts.
The following companies were reportedly implicated in the deal with Unaoil and involve country manager, Basil Al Jarah in Iraq: Rolls-Royce, Petrofac, Clyde Pumps, Weatherford,Cameron/Natco, FMC Technologies, Saipem, SBM Offshore, MAN Turbo, Rosetti Marino, ABB, The Shaw Group, Core Labs, Leighton Offshore, Weir and Hyundai.
Furthermore, former Minister of Oil (and current Minister of Education), Dr. Hussain al-Shahristani as well as Abdul Kareem al-Luaibi [Elaibi], former Minister for Oil; Kifah Numan, Director General of theSouth Oil Company (SOC); Dhia Jaffar also a Director General of the SOC and since last year a Deputy Minister for Oil in the Iraqi government; and Oday al-Quraishi (SOC).
Unaoil is a family owned and run company founded by Iranian Ata Ahsani who fled Tehran during the Islamic revolution. Unaoil denies all charges: “strenuously [denies] any wrongdoing and consider[s] the allegations to be baseless and entirely false.”