WASHINGTON: A representative of a firm distributing brandy, whisky and gin used bribery, pay-offs and girls to push sales to American post (PX) in Viet-Nam, a Senate sub-committee was told today [Feb 18]. The huge international operation was outlined to the Senate investigating sub-committee by Mr. Lavern Duffy, its assistant counsel, who conducted investigation into dealings by the PX, which sell goods to servicemen. He charged Mr. William Crum, who was last reported living in a yacht in Hong Kong harbour, was the key figure in doing favours to US personnel in exchange for selling liquor and slot machines.

He also submitted an affidavit from offices about Mr. Crum which stated that he entertained lavishly, provided food and plenty of liquor and women. He said his investigations showed that Mr. Crum was an officer of a Hong Kong ... company.

Mr. Duffy testified that Mr. Crum had “considerable capability for extracting favours and contracts from sergeants, who were club custodians, from senior officers and from ranking civilian officials”. — Agency

[Meanwhile, as reported by agency in Paris] The French Government ... banned all student marches and protest demonstrations here for the next two days....

Published in Dawn, February 19th, 2021

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