In yet the latest of German electronics giant Siemens’ never-ending string of corruption scandals, state prosecutors in Nuremberg are now investigating the company on suspicion of having less than honorable intentions in its connection with the failed U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq.

Prosecutors are investigating claims that Siemens paid “a six-figure sum” as a bribe to Saddam Hussein’s regime in order to secure energy and medical-equipment contracts in the oil-for-food program, the Financial Times reported.

A spokesman for Siemens was unable to comment on the report as he has gone hoarse from all the explaining he has had to do in recent weeks. He merely shrugged his shoulders a few times and waved around a U.N. investigation from 2005 in which was found that more than 2,000 of the companies involved in the ill-fated oil-for-food program had bribed the Iraqi government in order to be able to take part in it.

The kind-hearted, magnanimous and well-intended do-good-program, which failed to run from late 1996 to 2003, at which point the United States invaded Iraq, was intended to alleviate the effects of sanctions on the civilian population by letting Iraq sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine and other humanitarian needs, but actually only sustained the Hussein terror regime all the longer.

No one else from Siemens could be found who would or even could comment on the matter – once the spokesman left the room in search for his throat lozenges, that is. Saddam Hussein could no longer be reached for comment, either.

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