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Rezko Buddy Plans Iraqi Parliament Run (Chicago Way travels)
NBC Chicago ^ | 12-13-09 | Steve Bryant

Posted on 12/13/2009 9:22:17 PM PST by STARWISE

How do you say "corruption" in Arabic?

A college pal of Tony Rezko who was accused of embezzlement, jailed in Iraq's Green Zone, and then escaped from prison and fled to Jordan is now running for a seat in Iraq's parliament, reports USA Today.

Aiham Alsammarae, a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen who attended the Illinois Institute of Technology with Rezko -- and who helped raise part of Rezko's $8.5 million bail -- was appointed to run the electricity ministry in 2003 after Saddam Hussein's ouster.

During his tenure, a Rezko-owned company won a $50 million contract from Alsammarae's ministry. The deal was later voided.

Alsammarae was later accused of embezzling $1 billion, sent to prison in the heavily fortified Green Zone in 2006, escaped, and was convicted in absentia to 21 years. That conviction was later tossed out on appeal.

Now Alsammarae's campaigning from Amman and doesn't dare return to Baghdad lest the government change its mind again and toss him back in the click.

"We have to do it the Obama way," Alsammarae told USA Today (Alsammarae donated to Obama's campaign six times in '08, but the camapign gave the money to charity.) "We are trying to send a message of change. We will clean up the system."

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcchicago.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aihamalsammarae; alsamarae; alsammarae; antoinrezko; chicagoway; corruption; iraq; iraqi; minofelectricity; rezco; rezko; tonyrezko
4-27-08: Ex-fugitive put up homes to spring Rezko
FEDERAL COURT | Ex-Iraq fugitive, a longtime pal, covers a third of his $8.5M bail

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A former Iraqi official and ex-international fugitive helped spring Tony Rezko from jail earlier this month, putting up homes that comprise nearly one-third of the $8.5 million in property and cash securing Rezko's bail, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

The three homes belonging to former Iraqi Electricity Minister Aiham Alsammarae — a dual U.S.-Iraqi citizen who broke out of a Baghdad jail in 2006 — are part of a long list made public in Rezko's case Friday following a Sun-Times request. Six other individuals who pledged property to get Rezko out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center on April 18 are current or former state employees.

Alsammarae put up $1.9 million in equity in his Oak Brook mansion, along with $840,000 in equity from two South Loop condominiums, according to court records. In recent days, he appeared in the downtown federal courthouse to pledge his property and signed papers related to Rezko's bail. That proceeding, however, was conducted in a private session with U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve and lawyers. Records from the proceeding weren't immediately released.

Iraqi high court cleared charges

International intrigue surrounds Alsammarae, who dramatically fled Iraq in late 2006 after being held on a corruption conviction that he maintains was groundless. Documents obtained by the Sun-Times indicate that an Iraqi high court cleared his charges. A letter dated April 8 from the High Judicial Council, Central Criminal Court, was recently sent to Interpol stating: "The decision of his conviction in absentia has been revoked by the Union Cessation Court." However, an Interpol warrant remains active, and officials Friday would not say why.

Alsammarae and Rezko have been friends since they were classmates at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

U.S. court papers recently revealed that the feds once accused Rezko, a native of Syria, of paying Alsammarae a $1.5 million bribe when Alsammarae was electricity minister.

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The Chicago Swamp is apparently a movable feast ...what a disgrace. Prayers for Iraq

1 posted on 12/13/2009 9:22:18 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; April Lexington; ...

~~PING!


2 posted on 12/13/2009 9:23:00 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE

That’s quite the schnoze there. Something doesn’t smell right.


3 posted on 12/13/2009 9:25:36 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: STARWISE
"We have to do it the Obama way," Alsammarae told USA Today (Alsammarae donated to Obama's campaign six times in '08, but the camapign gave the money to charity.) "We are trying to send a message of change. We will clean up the system."

I don't see this appealing to the Iraqis at all.

4 posted on 12/13/2009 9:59:51 PM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: STARWISE

From what I’ve seen of Arab cronyism and backroom dealing, I’m not so sure the ‘Chicago way’ wasn’t imported from the Middle East.


5 posted on 12/13/2009 10:02:18 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Allegra

Can you believe that garbage?
Hope and change to Iraq .. boggles
the braincells.

How’s your leave? Bet you’re having
a blast. Any decisions about your
next chapter ?

For now, hope you have the bestest
Christmas ever at home ... Hugs ;)


6 posted on 12/13/2009 10:15:48 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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