AWB boss Andrew Lindberg saw ‘kickbacks go to Saddam’

Lauren Wilson; 20/10/09

Former AWB managing director Andrew Lindberg deliberately or negligently ignored the danger signs and failed to stop the flow of $300 million in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s regime on the eve of the war with Iraq, the corporate watchdog has claimed in its first civil case against a wheat board executive over the kickbacks scandal. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission yesterday opened its civil penalty case in the Victorian Supreme Court against Mr Lindberg, who resigned as AWB managing director and a board member in the wake of the Cole inquiry in 2006. Mr Lindberg has maintained he knew nothing of the hundreds of millions in hard currency that was disguised as trucking fees and provided to Iraq until 2003, in breach of UN sanctions.