We traveled to Iraq to see the reality on the ground behind the leaked Ericsson documents. We returned with our bags filled with tales on tax evasion, labor exploitation, ISIS funding and people suffering.
Despite the ISIS invasion of Iraq, Ericsson put pressure on employees and contractors to get the Peroza Project done. Affan got kidnapped and threatened but lived to tell the tale. The Swedish telecom giant went on to pay Iraqi firms to circumvent federal taxes – money that is highly likely to have ended up in ISIS pockets.
The absolute star in the Ericsson documents is former Alfa Chairman and CEO Marwan Hayek, who created a triangle of interests: Alfa, Quality Telecom Services (QTS), owned by his wife, and Ericsson, where his brother-in-law worked in a good position.