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Tawakkol Karman requests France to prosecute Total for Yemen deal

Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman has requested the French judicial authorities to file a lawsuit against Total Group in connection with the corrupt deal for Yemen LNG after the 2002 investigation into Total's fraud over the Oil-for-Food Program. 

In a statement on Facebook, she said: "French anti-corruption organizations are invited to help prosecute Total Group on charges of corruption concerning the Yemeni LNG deal. What Total has been involved in Yemen is worse than it had done in Iraq". 
"Total and its partners have almost taken over Yemen's LNG. Total has authorized itself to sell Yemeni LNG for prices lower than the global prices by 10% and that in the end only 21% of the incomes of cheap wealth goes to the Yemeni people," she continued. 
Karman cited an official statement which said that after a series of violations and evasion, Total started to market Yemeni LNG sales in 1996. The marketing agreement was unfair and corrupt with commissions and bribes given under it, she quoted the statement as adding. 
"Total inked Yemen LNG sales contracts to be the seller and the buyer in a scandalous conflict of interest which none other than Total can do,” she said.
 "Total violated the accepted international principles concerning the interests of all parties with all interest becoming its own alone and what Yemen gets is only pollution," she added. 
Millions of USD which go in bribes and commissions for powerful figures and officials result in oil and gas deals bringing in dimes for the people as revenues for their looted wealth, she said. 
"Wealth of awake people is poisoned and no one can digest it". Karman re-urged President Hadi and the government of Yemen to revoke the corrupt and unfair LNG deal and to go to local courts to prosecute Yemeni officials and powerful people involved in the deal and to go to international courts to prosecute foreign partners in accordance with the international anti-corruption conventions.