15 April 2011 | Angeline
supplier who won contracts in Iraq to provide medical products by paying
kickbacks to the country’s previous dictatorship has been sentenced to six months
Jessop this week pleaded guilty to breaking United Nations sanctions
by making illegal payments to Saddam Hussein’s government during the
addition to the jail term, Jessop was ordered to pay £150,000 compensation to
the Development Fund for Iraq and pay court costs of £25,000 within a year.
1996 and 2003, Jessop was awarded 54 contracts worth $12.3 million (£7.5
million) by the Iraqi state owned company Kimadia to supply it with medical
products. Under the Oil-For-Food Programme, the UN allowed Iraq to export oil
to pay for humanitarian goods. Oil revenue was managed through a UN account to
pay suppliers for goods, such as the medical equipment he supplied.
Crown Court heard how Jessop had agreed to the Iraqi government’s policy that
contract prices be inflated to allow for a 10 per cent cut to the regime, which
was described on invoices as an “after sales service fee”. He admitted €104,649 (£92,617)
was ultimately paid to the government, with €235,237 (£208,180) outstanding.
received information on tenders from an old business contact who had connections
with Kimadia. This contact took a fee before passing the money to a Kimadia
bank account. This was in breach of UN sanctions that forbade payments to Iraq
or people in Iraq without a licence from the UK Treasury, which Jessop did not