Carlos Cardoen dressed as a huaso, in 2010
May 1, 1942 |
Santa Cruz, Chile
|Alma mater||University of Utah, U.S.|
|Occupation||Businessman, Metallurgical engineer, and Weapon scientist|
|Known for||Arm Broker and supplied explosive weapons to Iraq|
As a weapon expert he ran FAMAE in the late 1980s. He allegedly illegally sold zirconium supplemented armaments to Iraq under the Saddam Regime, exported from the United States, for which he has an international arrest warrant.
During the height of the Beagle crisis in 1978 Cardoen was contacted by Chilean Air Force commander Fernando Matthei and designed on his request a light bomb, that could be dropped from any airforce plane, in only 15 days. When asking Matthei what did he want the bomb for, he reportedly answered: "para joder"' (to harass)'.
Agriculture and tourism
From the 1990s onwards Cardoen has invested capital into the wine, energy, match, fruit juice and tourism businesses in Chile, especially in O'Higgins, his home region. Due to his involvement in cultural and touristic projects he has been awarded the "Premio a lo Chileno" in 2006 and "Orden al Mérito Docente y Cultural Gabriela Mistral" in 2005. He has been suffering from colon cancer for many years.
Media related to Carlos Cardoen at Wikimedia Commons
- Museo de Colchagua
- El caso Irán-Corfo
- Orden de captura internacional, in Internet Archive
- The Chilean Connection
- Sumario del Caso Cardoen
- Cardoen Industries
- (en italian) "Scoop: Ecco come il Sismi doveva rapire Carlos Remigio Cardoen" ("Scoop: Here's how The Sismi was to kidnap Carlos Remigio Cardoen"