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U.N. OIL BIZ HIRED KOFI SON
New York Post ^ | 3/18/04 | NILES LATHEM

Posted on 03/18/2004 2:18:08 AM PST by kattracks

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:20:17 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

March 18, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - The son of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan worked for a company the United Nations hired to police the notoriously corrupt Iraq oil-for-food program, raising new questions about the role of top diplomats in the growing bribery scandal. Fred Eckhard, spokesman for the secretary-general, confirmed yesterday that Annan's son, Kojo, worked for three years for the Swiss company, Cotecna, which the United Nations hired in 1999 to inspect food and medicine being shipped into Iraq under the program.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: annan; coverup; iraq; kojoannan; massey; oilforfood; whitewash
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1 posted on 03/18/2004 2:18:09 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks; Doctor Raoul; kristinn
NO MORE OIL FOR UNITED NATIONS POLITICANS... NO MORE OIL FOR UN POLITICIANS...

Say it loud and say it proud!!

Wouldn't that make a great chant for Freepers to use against anti-war bush-haters?

2 posted on 03/18/2004 2:24:03 AM PST by Lion in Winter
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To: kattracks; All
-"No Blood for Oil"- Kojo & Kofi: Unbelievable U.N. stories--
3 posted on 03/18/2004 2:27:08 AM PST by backhoe (The UN- serving the needs of Dictators for decades...)
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To: kattracks
Blood is thicker than oil!
4 posted on 03/18/2004 2:28:51 AM PST by Prince Charles
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To: kattracks
Good to see this getting more coverage. I thought the press was going to ignore it.
5 posted on 03/18/2004 3:13:02 AM PST by Amelia
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To: kattracks
Cujo?
6 posted on 03/18/2004 3:15:15 AM PST by LongsforReagan (A year from now, it will hard to believe that anyone thought Kerry had any chance of being President)
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To: Amelia; kattracks
Freepers rule.......some Freepers were on this story months ago.
7 posted on 03/18/2004 3:57:49 AM PST by Dog ("I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it." John Kerry, March 16, 2004)
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To: kattracks
indictment of Robert Massey the Managing Director of Cotecna who was working in close collaboration with SGGs and the Bhuttos causing huge loses to the national exchequer of Pakistan on the charges of money laundering in Switzerland.
8 posted on 03/18/2004 4:03:39 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Lion in Winter
Thursday, June 4, 1998

Benazir ready for trial in graft cases
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE



KARACHI, June 3: Former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto said on Wednesday that she was ready to face trial in Switzerland, Pakistan or anywhere else to clear her family's name of corruption charges.
She also denied her family had pocketed any kickbacks or government funds during her tenure as prime minister, and accused Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government of harassment.

``People do not like to be indicted. But in this particular case, after 20 months of a horrendous media trial, it is better that we should have a clear chance to defend ourselves in a court of law,'' Bhutto told newsmen.

Her comments followed an announcement on Tuesday in Geneva by the head of Pakistan's Accountability Commission, Senator Saif-ur Rehman, that a Swiss magistrate had indicted three men described as Bhutto family agents.

Investigating Swiss magistrate Daniel Devaud indicted Hans Fischer, former manager of Societe Generale de Surveillance, Jens Schlegelmilch, Bhutto's agent, and Robert Massey, managingdirector of Cotecna, on money laundering charges, Rehman said.

Rehman told journalists the indictments, following six months of investigation, showed there was ``sufficient evidence showing that crimes of corruption were committed.''

The judge also ``confirmed his intention to proceed with the indictment of Bhutto's husband, Asif Ali Zardari,'' he said. The judge would move against Bhutto if he found she was not covered by immunity, he added.There was no confirmation of the indictment from the Swiss judicial authorities.

Bhutto described the Pakistani government's actions as ``absolutely appalling and shocking and a trampling of democratic traditions.''``The regime is criminally conspiring to manufacture evidence and is requesting a Swiss court, on the basis of concocted statements, to indict me,'' she said.

Bhutto's government was dismissed by then-President Farooq Ahmed Leghari in November 1996, on charges of misrule and corruption. Several days after her fall from power Bhutto's husband wasarrested on charges of involvement in the murder of Murtaza Bhutto, his brother-in-law. He has been held in prison ever since.

``I would rather see myself indicted and have a chance in a court of law than not have my day in court of law,'' she said, accusing Rehman of ``cooking up evidence'' against her family.

``The irony is that I and my family cannot defend ourselves until we are actually indicted,'' she said. ``Everything is a media trial. Everything is done on the basis of statements.''

The 44-year-old Bhutto said she was going to consult her lawyer about Rehman's actions, which she described as an attempt ``to con foreign courts that do not know what happened here.''

The Senator alleged that Bhutto, Zardari, and the three people charged on Tuesday set up a scheme involving 20 offshore accounts and up to 20 bank accounts in Switzerland to pocket kickbacks from a range of trade contracts.Rehman said he believed ``more than 250 million dollars'' had been frozen in some 15 to 20 Swiss bank accounts,part of the 1.5 billion dollars he said the Bhutto family had illegally taken from Pakistan.

``We do not have 1.5 billion dollars or 250 million dollars, nor have we have taken a single dollar belonging to Pakistan,'' said Bhutto. She compared Sharif to former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos. ``The Swiss authorities are assisting the government of Pakistan, not recognising that in Pakistan we are the democrats and Nawaz Sharif is the Marcos. Nawaz Sharif is the dicatator.''

9 posted on 03/18/2004 4:05:48 AM PST by kcvl
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To: kattracks
Hmm. That's interesting. When I did a search yesterday, Cotecna was listed as having a field office at the bombed Baghdad hotel.
10 posted on 03/18/2004 5:07:40 AM PST by mass55th
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To: LongsforReagan
Cujo?

That is what I was thinking when I saw his name too.

11 posted on 03/18/2004 5:10:11 AM PST by mware
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To: Dog
Hi Jim, wasn't that line a hoot? I sure hope that Carl had the tape running when Kerry said that one.
12 posted on 03/18/2004 5:11:35 AM PST by mware
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To: mass55th
Good find!

Cotecna - Government Contracts

13 posted on 03/18/2004 6:06:05 AM PST by Prince Charles
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To: mewzilla
Here's a link to a list of Saddamn's oil bribes.
14 posted on 03/18/2004 6:15:27 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: kattracks
"What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive...", Coffee Airhead
15 posted on 03/18/2004 6:24:15 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: kattracks
FYI--nice that others are catching on, eh?
16 posted on 03/18/2004 6:27:11 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: kattracks
Well, well. The media is finally decided to give the WSJ article legs - only a week later.

I've been waiting to hear about this on the Today show, the Nightly News, but now the cat is finally out of the bag, hell, even the New York Slimes had an op-ed piece about it yesterday
17 posted on 03/18/2004 6:31:51 AM PST by aShepard
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To: Axiom Nine
pinggggggg
18 posted on 03/18/2004 6:32:14 AM PST by pax_et_bonum (Always finish what you st)
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To: kattracks
the notoriously corrupt Iraq oil-for-food program, raising new questions about the role of top diplomats in the growing bribery scandal.

Glad to see this referred to as "growing scandal" and that it has hit the NY Post.

19 posted on 03/18/2004 6:33:25 AM PST by cyncooper
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To: kattracks
The son of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Is he related to Bush's 2nd cousin?

20 posted on 03/18/2004 7:26:29 AM PST by liberallarry
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