USA: Abramoff scandal in South Africa too.
Date: 1/31/06 at 9:26PM
Mood: Thinking Playing: Free Nelson Mandela, by the Special AKA
Prensa Latina reports:
Abramoff in South Africa Too
Washington, Jan 31 Jack Abramoff, former high-flying Republican lobbyist and his illegal actions are making news in South Africa after the discovery on how Abramoff financed an association to favor the Apartheid regime.
For several years after its launch in 1985, Abramoff was the Washington face of Pacman, code name for the International Freedom Foundation (IFF), an organization supporting Apartheid, according to news published by African newspaper Mail and Guardian.
[The] Former Republican lobbyist headed IFF from Washington and in Johannesburg the group was leaded by Craig Williamson, a high ranking apartheid-era spy, accused of multiple assassinations, said the newspaper.
According to historians IFF was in reality part of an elaborate South African military intelligence operation established to combat sanctions and undermine the African National Congress, it also supported Jonas Savimbi and his rebel Angolan movement, Unita.
In 1983, Abramoff visited South Africa as head of the College Republicans National Committee (CRNC).
Two years later he organized an international conference of right-wing groups at Savimbi”s headquarters attended by Savimbi, leaders of the Afghan mujahedin [including Osama bin Laden], Nicaraguan contras, Laotian guerrillas and members of the Oliver North American right.
Abramoff was one of the more influential lobbyists in Washington until late 2005 when, together with his associate Michael Scanlon, was found accused of fraud for an amount of 100 million dollars among other illegal actions.
Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republican for Georgia, said this scandal should promote a large revision in the parliamentary forum.
The case allowed federal attorneys to start an investigation on some twenty Senate members, government´s advisors and officials linked to the executive cabinet.
Bush and other lawmakers quickly got rid of donations coming from Abramoff who gave several thousand dollars to Bush´s campaign funds.
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