January 22, 1994 |
With unprecedented testimony before an independent inquiry, Prime Minister John Major has, for now, sidestepped a political land mine involving what Conservative governments he has served in may have known about British sales of militarily sensitive equipment to Iraq.
May 26, 1993 |
Former Atty. Gen. Patrick Mayhew denied that he suppressed evidence that the Thatcher administration shipped super-gun parts to Iraq. The charge was made by Hal Miller, a retired Conservative member of Parliament, who declared that Mayhew urged him not to produce documents that could have cleared business executives accused of illegally exporting weapons parts to Baghdad in 1988 in defiance of the arms embargo against President Saddam Hussein.
April 23, 1993 |
What seemed to be the suicide of a British journalist visiting Chile three years ago has turned into a murder mystery with suspected links to international arms traffickers and Iraqi secret agents. Jonathan Moyle, 28, was found hanged in the closet of a downtown Santiago hotel room on March 31, 1990. Moyle, editor of a British publication called Helicopter Defense World, was here to attend an aviation exposition sponsored by the Chilean air force.
November 11, 1992 |
The British government allowed sophisticated machinery to be shipped to Iraq in the late 1980s despite knowledge that the equipment was essential to Iraqi efforts to build a nuclear weapon and other armaments, according to intelligence documents intended for disclosure at a London trial.
November 10, 1992 |
Three British business executives were cleared Monday of charges that they illegally sold arms-making equipment to Iraq, ending a trial that had raised new questions about the support of Saddam Hussein's regime by Western governments before the Persian Gulf War.
April 21, 1990 |
Greek customs officials have seized a huge cylinder that Iraq ordered from Britain for an artillery system, the government said Friday. The announcement came seven days after Britain seized a shipment of steel tubes that it said Iraq had ordered to make an enormous gun for firing missiles. Customs officials in Greece's western port of Patras on Thursday seized a British truck that "was conveying to Iraq a part of an artillery system weighing 29.5 tons," the Finance Ministry said in a statement.