Iraq recovers 90 per cent of US computers: Customs
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Last Updated: Monday, August 30, 2010, 00:07
Baghdad: Iraq's top customs official today said 90 per cent of a multi-million dollar batch of US-purchased computers destined for schoolchildren but allegedly sold off on the cheap had been recovered.

The American military said on Friday that an unnamed senior official at Umm Qasr port had misappropriated the 1.9-million-dollar gift and auctioned the computers for only 45,700 dollars.

But customs chief Nofal Salim denied the claim, saying the sale was in accordance with a legal disposal procedure for all goods not claimed by the addressee 90 days after their arrival in Iraq.

"On May 19 we received a list from the port of Umm Qasr of containers arriving more than 90 days earlier and which had not been claimed," Salim said.

"No container belonging to the American military appeared on the list.

"However, there were two belonging to a company named Global, although there was no indication that they were destined for the education authorities in Babil province." Global did not submit a claim for the containers until August 22, six months after their arrival, Salim said.

"The customs service in the south cancelled the sale and has recovered more than 90 per cent of the cargo, which will be sent to the Umm Qasr port where the company can get them back (computers)."


First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010, 00:07

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