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Arab news portal accuses former Economy Minister of corruption
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Arab news portal accuses former Economy Minister of corruption

03.09.2013 From our online archive
Arab news portal Nuqudy has raised allegations of corruption against former Economy Minister Jeannot Krecké and his aid Jean-Claude Knebeler in connection with illegal shipping of cigarettes through Cargolux.

(CS/DS) Arab news portal Nuqudy has raised allegations of corruption against former Economy Minister Jeannot Krecké and his aid Jean-Claude Knebeler in connection with illegal shipping of cigarettes through Cargolux.

According to Nuqudy, the minister was implicated in a scheme, which saw cigarettes shipped to Iran illegally on Cargolux planes. The cigarettes are then thought to have been sold back to Europe with money laundered into the Western banking system to fund Iran's nuclear programme.

However, Nuqudy acknowledges that they could not ascertain whether the scope of the cigarette scheme was known to Krecké and Knebeler. The money gained by Luxembourg in the transaction allegedly went towards financing Cargolux.

The article also draws a connection between the scheme and the failure of the Cargolux – Qatar Airways deal, and draws even wider circles to ArcelorMittal, the US Justice Department and the KGB.

Both Krecké and Knebeler have denied the allegations in an email to the “Luxemburger Wort”.

No author is listed on nuqudy.com, and the article does not deliver direct proof but only refers to unnamed sources. The website itself also reveals little information about its operators, with no names of directors or editors immediately available.

Still, the article has not gone unnoticed in Luxembourg and DP President Xavier Bettel has sent a parliamentary question to Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and Economy Minister Etienne Schneider, asking why they have not yet commented on the report, which casts the Grand Duchy in a very bad light.

Bettel also inquires whether the government has contacted Nuqudy to demand that the article be deleted, or whether they are considering legal action.