EU accuses Syrian man of buying IS oil for govt; he denies charge

March 8, 2015 11:47 AM

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EU accuses Syrian man of buying IS oil for govt; he denies charge

BRUSSELS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The European Union has imposed sanctions on a Syrian businessman who it says bought oil for the Syrian government from Islamic State militants who have seized wide areas of the country including its oil-producing regions.

The businessman, George Haswani, denied the accusation. He told Reuters by phone that the European Union had no evidence to back up the claim and should instead look for intermediaries he said were smuggling oil to Turkey on Islamic State's behalf.

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