A Bush Sunni Muslim appointee.
Diplomat investigated for money laundering
Published: 07 Sep 2014 14:23 GMT+02:00
Khalilzad, who is is a counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an independent businessman, is married to US-Austrian citizen and social scientist Cheryl Benard, who completed her university studies in Vienna.
From 2003-2009, Khalilzad was U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, and was responsible for advising Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezaa Rice on near-eastern regional affairs.
The Austrian news magazine profile will on Monday reveal that Khalilzad allegedly laundered up to €1.15 million (US$1,49 million) of funds supposedly arising from trading with Iraqi and United Arab Emirates companies through the Vienna-based bank accounts of his wife.
The accounts were frozen by the Austrian government in February of this year, and the court actions relate to an appeal by Benard against the freeze. The source of information appears to have come from a recent embarrassing leak of documents from the Vienna court.