04-12-2017 01:00 PM
Baghdad News -
This week, two former DynCorp International employees were investigated at the Alexandria Federal Court on charges of receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from Fadhil Berwari, commander of the 1st Brigade of the Iraqi Special Forces, to arrange a high rent for a piece of land owned by Berwari near Baghdad airport. .
According to the workers' account, the payment was made by the Roman contractor Emil Popescu, who was hired by Berwari to arrange the deal. These details were revealed during the trial of Emil Popescu, convicted of a conspiracy to break the anti-bribery law. Both Wesley Struble and Jose River, former employees of DynCorp, have pleaded guilty to the plot.
The plan came in the wake of the US withdrawal from Iraq, where workers were looking for jobs while companies were looking for a piece of land to rent because of the closure of US bases.
Berwari has identified DynCorp as a potential tenant for his plot of land after the departure of the former tenant, EOD Technology, according to Struble, who worked for EODT, which paid $ 124,000 per month to Fadel Berwari under the US Department of Defense contract.
Struble was admitted late this year in court that he left the EODT company to DynCorp and that he and his co-worker Jose Rivera persuaded DynCorp to pay $ 665,000 for the same plot. "I was helping him with anything to make it happen," according to Struble's testimony on Monday, and that Berwari would 'take care of me.' Struble justified his position by paying the high rent because the contract ensured more space and the security requirements of DynCorp were more than EODT security requirements. In the end, it was the State Department that paid the $ 5.3 million rent list for the period from September 2011 to April 2014. The role of Popescu was to be a front for Berware according to Struble.
Popescu, a friend of both Rivera and Struble, lost his job at EODT as a contract contractor due to shrinking contractor presence in Iraq and was chosen as a suitable person to deal with DynCorp for taking bribes, Attorney General Brian Harrison told the jury in his editorial on Monday.
The brothers of Berwari's brother wanted to be part of the project but were 'very immature, unreliable, irresponsible' according to Struble's testimony. Popescu received 400,000,000 dollars during his work at Berwari for six or seven months and admitted he was part of the plot early on.
But he said he was upset when he was forced to split the $ 150,000 from the first rent paid by DynCorp to Rivera and Struble, and said he had told his partners in the plot that he would not pay the rest of the bribe payments.
'This happened when there was a change in his heart,' said defense lawyer Bugg in his closing statement, 'that he will not be the man of money for them anymore'.
Popescu left Iraq in March 2012 after he finished building a camp on General Berwari's land. The $ 400,000 he received was a legitimate salary for his work, Bugg argued. While Popescu's involvement in the scheme of bribery ended early so he would be out of the statute of limitations for five years. And that either Popescu or Rivera and Struble were discovered in March 2017.
But Rivera and Struble testified that the first batch of bribes came directly from Popescu's hand because he was involved in the plot and that the reservation did not show 'he did not wash his hands' of the plot, "Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Pedersen said at the end of her address. 'There are a lot of things the defendant could have done, which he should have done but he did not do.' Bugg considered that many lessons could be learned from the case 'perhaps the US government should not engage in deals with Iraqi officers'.
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