On 11th September, IRIN reported that a former logistics officer with GOAL, an Irish NGO, has been banned from doing business with the US government for 10 years for his key role in a corruption ring that sought to pocket a slice of Syrian aid budgets.  For the Irish charity GOAL, the debarment marks the end of a sprawling US probe into its procurement operations in Turkey, which threw it into crisis.  GOAL’s former global logistician Ernest Halilov (also listed as Ernest Khalilov) was given a 10-year debarment.  Luan Meraku, the former Turkey country director of another NGO, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), was one of 9 individuals debarred for 5 years.  Neither GOAL nor IRC were named in the findings – though it is noted that 2 other officials at GOAL had previously resigned.  IRIN says that since 2015 an investigation has been looking into “bid rigging, collusion, bribery, and kickbacks” in cross-border humanitarian aid supplied from Turkey to Syria.  The ongoing investigation is broad, involving at least 5 NGO.  The US agency investigating, the USAID Office of the Inspector General (OIG), has offered no details on the background to each debarment, and has made little information public.  Without offering details, OIG says the wider probe, which is still ongoing, has so far resulted in 12 sackings and resignations.  OIG provided a list of 20 individuals and firms that have been banned from doing business with the US government as a result of this investigation and this is reproduced in the article.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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