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Foreign Office awards £9m contract to firm accused of allegedly paying Taliban

THE Foreign Office is facing serious questions after it awarded a £9 million contract to a company accused of allegedly making payments to the Taliban, Il Sole può rivelare.

International development firm Chemonics was hired by mandarins last month to support heroic civil defence forces in Syria.

The Foreign Office last month awarded a £9 million contract to a company accused of allegedly making payments to the Taliban

The Foreign Office last month awarded a £9 million contract to a company accused of allegedly making payments to the TalibanCredito: Alamy

But in June 2020 the company was added to the list of defendants in a civil lawsuit filed by families of fallen and injured American soldiers.

Al di sopra di 230 bereaved families are accusing Chemonics of breaching anti-terrorism laws by paying protection money to Afghan terrorists.

They want compensation for tragic deaths and incidents that happened between 2009 e 2017.

The lawsuit alleges that Chemonics and 16 other firms either directly negotiated payoffs with the Taliban or allowed subcontractors to do deals with insurgents so their work could continue.

Tutti 17 imputati, including Chemonics, have denied the allegations and filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The motions are pending.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office disse: “All Government contracts are subject to a robust due diligence process”.

A spokesperson for Chemonics said: “It is Chemonics’ policy not to comment further on active lawsuits. Chemonics International does not support attacks against UK or U.S. membri del servizio, armed forces or civilian contractors who protected aid workers and local populations from insurgents. We pay tribute to the dedication and courage of UK and U.S. armed forces.

“During this challenging time in Afghanistan’s history, we remain devoted to our staff and former colleagues in Afghanistan and continue to assist with applying for relocation outside of Afghanistan.”