Friday, September 2, 2011

USD 215 million paid by tax payers for corrupt politicians #Wikileaks #Lebanon

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Bifani ridiculed the GOL cronyism involved in the  USD 215 million court verdict that MP Nicholas Fattoush, a  member of the Future Bloc, received in December 2005 for the  illegal two-year closure of his family's sand and rock  quarry.  Bifani asked how Fattoush's company could be granted  USD 215 million when his company has never reported any  profits to the state during its operation and questioned how  judges managed to return a verdict on Fattoush's suit in only  eight months when many other business cases had languished  for years.  Bifani wanted to know why the judges involved in  the case didn\'t ask for the Ministry of Finance's views  before issuing such a large verdict.  Bifani said that  Fattoush had received a quick and substantial verdict because  of his political connections and hinted that PM Siniora had  influence with the judges.  He asked how the GOL could expect  the ordinary taxpayer to pay more in Value Added Taxes (VAT)  when scandals such as this are still widespread.

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US embassy cable - 06BEIRUT527 - MGLE01: VEIWS OF A HIGH-LEVEL GOL SKEPTIC OF THE ECONOMIC REFORM EFFORT

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