Tony Blair with Kyu-Sun Choi who has reportedly served a two-year prison sentence for corruption
* Thanks to M. S. on Nov. 13, 2010
Tony Blair's secret Korean oil backer revealed to be 'convicted fraudster'
By Jason Groves
Last updated at 11:23 PM on 21st March 2010 2010년 3월 21일 기사
Tony Blair faced fresh embarrassment over his secret dealings with a South Korean oil firm last night after reports the company's chief executive served two years in prison for corruption.
Kyu-Sun Choi, chairman and chief executive of UI Energy Corporation, was said to have been convicted of making illegal payments to influence the awarding of contracts to run a national lottery.
Following his release, Mr Choi, 49, is alleged to have been involved in a separate case of financial impropriety surrounding claims he tried to buy his company a place in an oil exploration consortium in Iraq.
The report appeared in the online service of Korean newspaper JoonAng Daily.
It will be an embarrassment for Mr Blair, who is believed to have been personally recruited by Mr Choi to carry out a secret advisory role for the oil firm, which now has extensive interests in Iraq.