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A briefcase full of cash is handed to the treasurer of a federal
political party, but the donation is never registered on the
party''s books. A public prosecutor investigates a case that
implicates influential business figures, but he dies in a car
accident before charges are laid. At the height of the Gulf War, a
sale of sophisticated tanks to Saudi Arabia yields millions in
illegal commissions - almost half the value of the deal - for a
network of middlemen.
The figure who connects these seemingly unrelated episodes is
Karlheinz Schreiber, a name much in the headlines since his arrest
in Toronto in August 1999. Charged in Germany with bribery and tax
evasion, he is at the centre of the most sensational political
crisis to erupt in that country since World War II, a scandal that
has brought down the country''s revered former chancellor Helmut
But it is in Canada that Schreiber''s fortune was made. A tireless
dealmaker who cultivated the powerful, he made connections in
Ottawa that served the interests of his European patrons and
clients. One was Airbus Industrie, a company desperate to break
into the North American market by selling its planes to Air Canada.
It was the secret commissions attached to the Air Canada sale,
close to $20 million on a $1.8-billion contract, that became the
subject of an RCMP investigation, the same investigation that
prompted a lawsuit by former prime minister Brian Mulroney. Those
commissions were ultimately shared with Schreiber''s European
amigos and with his Canadian friends.
The Last Amigo is about the labyrinth of international
political and business alliances that are at the heart of the
scandals swirling around Karlheinz Schreiber: how corporations win
government contracts, how money is successfully hidden in foreign
banks and distributed through coded accounts, how an international
political agenda is promoted and financed. It is a tale of media
spin, covert influence, and undeniable personal gain. And it is a
portrait of a consummate middleman who knew precisely how to
exploit the ambitions and vulnerabilities of others.