The prosecution, against several drug manufacturers, is serious. More than one hundred American veterans or the families of persons injured or killed in Iraq in the year 2000, have filed a complaint in the federal court in Washington against the labs and the pharmaceutical Pfizer, Roche, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca, but also GE, which manufactures, among other things, medical devices. In the complaint, which was made public on 17 October, the latter are alleged to have paid “bribes” to the ministry of Health in iraq to maintain the contracts on health products in the country, and have violated “the anti-terrorism act”.
“These payments have helped and encouraged terrorism”, argued that the plaintiffs
The court document 203 pages written that “the terrorist group Jaysh al-Mahdi also called JAM or Army of Mahd ED – controlled openly with the iraqi ministry responsible for the import of medical products, and the defendants – which are all great western societies of medical supplies – obtained lucrative deals of this ministry by paying bribes to the terrorists”. According to the complainants, the money would reach “millions of dollars per year.”
And these, added in the court document :
“These payments have helped and encouraged terrorism in Iraq by providing funding directly to a militia formed by Hezbollah and supported by Iran that have killed or injured thousands of Americans.”
To make these accusations, veterans and families of american soldiers explain rely on anonymous witnesses, diplomatic cables and us military published by Wikileaks or public statement of representatives of the United States and the iraqi government.
On the side of the defendants, Pfizer has “categorically denied any wrongdoing,” reports the specialized site Fierce Pharma. GE explained to the Financial Times “carefully reviewing the allegations”. Roche did not wish to comment.