Poor Cargolux. From a flurry of relatively upbeat news stories about it yesterday, comes a more unfortunate one – admittedly regarding a period some time ago. A parliamentary commission inquiry has revealed an investigation into Cargolux, focusing on cigarette smuggling between Tehran and Luxembourg between 2006 and 2008. According to a former director of the country’s intelligence service SREL, Cargolux was a vital link in the weekly movement of illicit cigarettes while Enterprises Malu, an intermediary, collected commission on each pack of smuggled cigarettes. The article alleges that Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker has not taken the revelations seriously. But following a complaint in November 2010, the prosecutor’s office opened a criminal investigation into bribery. The story is in French but you could use Google Translate here if your French isn’t quite up to it.
By Alex Lennane