Skip to comments.2 Chicago men charged in Zimbabwe plot
Posted on 08/09/2013 6:22:01 AM PDT by kevcol
"The Chicago connection NEVER surrenders or forgets its friends," a criminal complaint quoted one of the men as writing in a 2009 letter to the head of Zimbabwe's national bank.
The two, Prince Asiel Ben Israel and C. Gregory Turner, were charged with violating federal law by lobbying on behalf Zimbabwe's longtime president, Robert Mugabe, whose violent and oppressive regime has been the target of U.S. economic sanctions since 2003.
According to the charges, Ben Israel and Turner attempted to persuade undisclosed federal and state government officials including an Illinois state senator and two U.S. representatives from Chicago to push for the lifting of the sanctions. The two reached a consulting agreement with Zimbabwe officials to be paid $3.4 million, authorities charged, but it was unclear whether they received any money.
The charges also described the two Chicago congressmen as sponsors of a failed 2010 House resolution to end the Zimbabwe sanctions. Congressional records show that the only Illinois congressmen to sponsor that bill were U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Bobby Rush, both Chicago Democrats.
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another phoney scandal?
Two black politicians helping out an African dictator. Why should we trust them?
How things are done in Obama’s hometown.
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