By John Lee.
A bank account belonging to Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. envoy to Iraq, and another belonging to his wife, Cheryl Benard, have been unfrozen by the high court in Vienna, Austria.
According to a report from Bloomberg, the the accounts were unfrozen on 3rd September, a week before reports that the U.S. authorities were investigating him for suspected money laundering.
The couple criticized Austrian authorities’ ability to “unlawfully restrain” them from accessing their accounts.
Khalilzad is said to have transferred $1.4 million to his wife’s bank account in Vienna, money that allegedly came from oil and building contracts in Iraq and the United Arab Emirates that violated U.S. laws.