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  • UN inspectors 'spent their days drinking' [Iraq]

    02/15/2005 6:14:33 PM PST · by saquin · 51 replies · 2,045+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/16/05 | Francis Harris
    UN inspectors in Iraq spent their working hours drinking vodka while ignoring a shadowy nocturnal fleet believed to be smuggling goods for Saddam Hussein, a former senior inspector told the US Senate yesterday. In a move that provoked fury from officials of the Swiss firm Cotecna, an Australian former inspector detailed a picture of incompetence, indifference and drunkeness among the men acting as the frontline for UN sanctions. Arthur Ventham, a former Australian army officer and customs officer, joined the operation in 2002 and worked at various sites in Iraq and neighbouring states. He said that at Iskendurun in eastern...
  • U.N. faces reputation crisis after scandal

    11/02/2005 3:45:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 622+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/02/05 | Nick Wadhams - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations faces a crisis of reputation in the wake of the oil-for-food scandal, but the 191 member states and Secretary-General Kofi Annan are determined to reform the world body, the top U.N. management official said Wednesday. Key elements of that reform include a new, strengthened whistleblower policy and new financial disclosure rules that, among other things, will require that staff report gifts of more than $250 rather than $10,000 as the rules currently demand, said Undersecretary-General Christopher Burnham. Burnham is an American and former official in the administration of President Bush. He was hired five...
  • WSJ: Oil for Food as Usual - The U.N.'s worst critics couldn't invent what Volcker shows.

    09/09/2005 5:17:39 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 1,207+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 9, 2005 | Editorial
    ...So it was that the largest fraud ever recorded in history came about. Press reports often cite the overall size of Oil for Food at $60 billion, but Mr. Volcker's report makes clear that the real figure was in excess of $100 billion. From this, Saddam was able to derive $10.2 billion from illicit transactions. But the important point is he was able to steer 10 times that sum toward his preferred clients in the service of his political aims. ...Volcker's report is replete with examples of incompetent UN oversight and tales of political wrangling among the permanent members of...
  • U.N. to launch audit of procurement office (Again!!!)

    08/10/2005 4:43:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 738+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/10/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The top U.N. management official said Wednesday he has ordered a new investigation of the procurement division in light of a senior officer's guilty plea for taking massive bribes from United Nations contractors. The review by Christopher Burnham will add to the extraordinary level of scrutiny on the procurement department, which first gained serious attention over its involvement in the scandal-tainted U.N. oil-for-food program. It was thrust into the spotlight again on Monday, when one of its staff, Alexander Yakovlev pleaded guilty in federal court to three counts of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy to...
  • Corruption at the heart of the United Nations

    08/09/2005 3:12:48 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 19 replies · 640+ views
    An investigation has concluded that the former head of the United Nations’ oil-for-food programme in Iraq took kickbacks to help an oil company win contracts. Another senior UN official is accused of soliciting bribes. The report is a severe blow to the organisation at a crucial time. FOR over a year, investigators have pored over questions of mismanagement and corruption at the United Nations. On Monday August 8th, they produced their firmest—and most painful—conclusions to date. An independent commission has found that Benon Sevan, the former head of the UN’s oil-for-food programme in Iraq, “corruptly benefited” from kickbacks while he...
  • Oil-for-Food Arrest Linked to Bolton Arrival at U.N.

    08/09/2005 12:47:12 PM PDT · by pookie18 · 42 replies · 1,595+ views
    Scrapple Face ^ | 8/9/05 | Scott Ott
    Just eight days after John Bolton's recess appointment as U.N. Ambassador, the world body's credibility took a nosedive as corruption charges were leveled against top officials involved in the $64 billion Iraq oil-for-food scandal. With one arrest yesterday and more expected shortly, experts naturally noted the connection between the arrival of the gruff American diplomat and the crisis at the United Nations. "We warned President Bush against picking Bolton," said one Senate Democrat, "and now look what's happened -- criminal allegations in the world's most credible organization." A spokesman for Ambassador Bolton refused comment on the oil-for-food scandal, but noted...
  • Sevan Says He's Likely to Name Names (Oil for Food Scandal Ringleader)

    08/08/2005 6:45:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 90 replies · 2,752+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/8/05 | Stewart Stogel
    New York -- As a result of a second scathing report on his administration of the scandal plagued U.N.-Iraq Oil-for-Food Prgram by U.N. investigator Paul Volcker, Benon V. Sevan is now threatening to name names. In a news conference, Volcker issued another "interim report" on the activates of Sevan, who ran the $67 billion aid program from 1997-2003. Volcker came to the conclusion that Sevan did indeed accept what amounted to several hundred thousand dollars in bribes funneled to him through various overseas channels. The most disturbing came through an aunt living in Cyprus who died in a mysterious apartment...
  • Oil-For-Food Chief Accused of Kickbacks

    08/08/2005 9:37:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 901+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    NEW YORK - Investigators probing claims of wrongdoing in the Iraq oil-for-food program accused its former chief, Benon Sevan, of corruption for taking illegal kickbacks and recommended his immunity be lifted for prosecution. The investigators said a former U.N. procurement officer sought a bribe and should have his immunity lifted as well. Alexander Yakovlev also was accused of collecting nearly $1 million in kickbacks outside the oil-for-food program. The third report by the Independent Inquiry Committee, led by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, was a new blow to the scandal-tainted $64 billion program. For the first time, it gave...
  • Oil-for-Food Head Resigns Before Explosive Report

    08/07/2005 7:54:11 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 19 replies · 1,369+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2005 | Evelyn Leopold
    The former head of the scandal-tainted oil-for-food program resigned from the United Nations on Sunday, hours before he is expected to be accused of getting kickbacks from the $67 billion operation. A U.N.-established Independent Inquiry Committee, led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, plans to release on Monday its third interim report on allegations of corruption in the humanitarian program for Iraq, which began in 1996 and ended in 2003. Benon Sevan, the former executive director of the program, is to be accused of getting cash for steering Iraqi oil contracts to an Egyptian trader and of refusing...
  • Former oil-for-food chief quits amid scandal

    08/07/2005 5:15:13 PM PDT · by minus_273 · 12 replies · 392+ views
    CNN ^ | August 7, 2005. | CNN
    UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- The former director of the U.N. oil-for-food program resigned Sunday, denying wrongdoing and blasting the organization a day before he is to be accused of profiting from illegal deals. Benon Sevan resigned from the United Nations in a letter to Kofi Annan, accusing the secretary-general of "sacrificing" him for political expediency. A spokesman for the U.N.-appointed Independent Inquiry Committee investigating the program told CNN last week that the committee's latest report on the topic, to be issued Monday, would address allegations against Sevan. Sevan's lawyer, Eric Lewis, said Thursday that he had been provided the findings...
  • Oil - for - Food Probe Expected to Accuse UN Director

    08/07/2005 5:45:29 PM PDT · by gpapa · 1 replies · 533+ views
    Reuters via New York Times ^ | August 7, 2005 | Unattributed
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An investigation into the oil-for-food program will accuse for the first time on Monday the director of the defunct $67 billion U.N. operation of getting cash from oil deals.
  • Oil-for-food probe expected to accuse UN director

    08/07/2005 12:11:15 PM PDT · by dila813 · 10 replies · 468+ views
    RedNova ^ | 8/7/2005 | Evelyn Leopold
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An investigation into the U.N. oil-for-food program will accuse for the first time on Monday the director of the defunct $67 billion operation of getting cash from oil deals. A U.N.-established Independent Inquiry Committee, led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, plans to release on Monday its third interim report on allegations of corruption in the humanitarian program for Iraq, which began in 1996 and ended in 2003. Benon Sevan, the executive director of the program, is to be accused of getting a kickback for steering Iraqi oil contracts to an Egyptian trader and...
  • Head of Oil-for-Food Resigns

    08/07/2005 4:49:58 PM PDT · by gpapa · 24 replies · 775+ views
    BENON Sevan, the former head of the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq, has resigned from the world body and criticised UN chief Kofi Annan for "sacrificing" him as he faced an inquiry into his role in the scandal-plagued aid scheme, his lawyer said Sunday.
  • Oil-for-food probe accuses former chief (Sevan)

    08/04/2005 2:42:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 418+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/4/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators have concluded that the former chief of the Iraq oil-for-food program, Benon Sevan, took kickbacks under the $64 billion humanitarian operation and refused to cooperate with their probe, his lawyer said Thursday. While the amount of money Sevan allegedly took wasn't immediately known - and may be as little as $160,000 - the findings would be a major blow because of his stature in the organization and the control he had over it. The program was one of the largest in history. The Independent Inquiry Committee had planned to release its findings about Sevan on...
  • U.N. Mystery Man: Who Is Jean-Bernard Merimee and What's His Oil-for-Food Tie?

    07/29/2005 3:40:02 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 5 replies · 1,118+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, July 28, 2005 | Claudia Rosett
    NEW YORK — As investigations proliferate into the United Nations Oil-for-Food scandal, one of the more intriguing mysteries involves a former French diplomat with a direct link to the U.N.’s executive suite: Jean-Bernard Merimee (search). The 68-year-old Merimee, one of several individuals now under investigation in France for alleged involvement in Saddam Hussein’s Oil-for-Food scams, is well known for his role in the early 1990s as French ambassador to the United Nations. What investigators have not so far highlighted is that during the period Merimee is alleged to have come into commercial contact with Saddam’s regime, starting in December 2001,...
  • WSJ: Oil for Food Clues - Ignored by a Clueless Press Pursuing the Plame Story

    07/29/2005 5:32:43 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 654+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 29, 2005 | Editorial
    ...Last month we learned that U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan may have been aware that Swiss inspections company Cotecna was bidding for an Oil for Food contract it eventually won later that year.... Mr. Annan has denied having any prior knowledge of the Cotecna bid in testimony to Paul Volcker's committee investigating Oil for Food. But if the substance of the Cotecna memo is accurate -- the company confirms its authenticity -- it means the Secretary General may have misled investigators.... Then there is the continuing investigation of Benon Sevan, the senior U.N. bureaucrat formerly in charge of Oil for...
  • Top U.N. envoy to North Korea loses post (Maurice Strong - You ARE the weakest link! Buh-Bye!)

    07/18/2005 3:29:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1,047+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/18/05 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A Canadian businessman lost his job as the top U.N. envoy to North Korea amid questions about his connection to a suspect in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal, the world body said Monday. The decision not to renew Maurice Strong's contract follows criticism that he gave his stepdaughter a job at the United Nations and concerns over his ties to a South Korean businessman accused of accepting kickbacks from Saddam Hussein's government. Deputy U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe said in response to a question that Strong's contract expired last week "and it has not been renewed." She gave...
  • AP Exclusive: Oil-for-Food Probe Finds Gross Mismanagement in U.N. Compensation Commission

    07/15/2005 6:19:31 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 15 replies · 476+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2005 | Nick Wadhams
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Investigators probing the U.N. oil-for-food program have found evidence of "gross mismanagement" and possible corruption by the U.N. agency that oversaw compensation for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Iraq's deputy U.N. ambassador said Friday. Investigators with the Independent Inquiry Committee had been investigating $5 billion in questionable expenditures by the U.N. Compensation Commission for months. It had denied any wrongdoing. But Fesial al-Istrabadi told The Associated Press that the investigators believe some of the allegations were legitimate, particularly in how the commission handled currency exchange rates with the Iraqi dinar. "There appear to have...
  • N.Y. investigates ex-oil-for-food chief (Sevan)

    07/11/2005 3:08:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 441+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/11/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has launched a criminal investigation of former U.N. oil-for-food chief Benon Sevan, the official's spokeswoman said Monday. Barbara Thompson would not give details of the investigation into Sevan, who came under scathing criticism from a U.N.-backed probe investigating claims of corruption in the $64 billion program in a February report. It wasn't clear how long Morgenthau has been investigating Sevan. Last year, the U.N.-backed investigation, led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, had sought Morgenthau's help in the oil-for-food probe, investigators said at the time. The criminal probe against...
  • D.A. Pursuing Criminal Probe of Aide at U.N.

    07/11/2005 6:43:08 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 9 replies · 450+ views
    NY Sun ^ | July 11, 2005 | Claudia Rosett
    The Manhattan District Attorney's office has opened a criminal investigation into the former head of the UN oil-fo-food program, Benon Sevan, the DA's office has just confimed for the first time to the NY Sun. The probe, apparently well advanced, involved allegations of commercial bribery related to Mr. Sevan's role as executive director from 1997-2003 of the oil-for-food relief program from Iraq, then under UN sanctions against the fromer regieme of Saddam Hussein.A source close into the criminal investigation into Mr. Sevan says that the office of the Manhattan DA, Robert Morganthau, is working in coooperation with a UN-authorized inquiry...
  • U.N. Oil for Food Figure Benon Sevan Flees U.S.

    07/06/2005 7:55:20 AM PDT · by kddid · 16 replies · 831+ views ^ | July 6, 2005 | Stewart Stogel
    Benon V. Sevan, former director of the scandal plagued Oil for Food Program has left his home in New York and is now in his native Cyprus, say U.N. officials. Sevan returned to his family hone in the city of Nicosia in early June and though he insists he will return to New York, he has refused to give any date. The embattled former U.N. aid chief has been under intensive investigation by a "special panel" headed by former Fed chief Paul Volcker for almost a year. In a preliminary report issued in February, Volcker cast serious doubts on Sevan's...
  • WSJ: Corruption in Plain View

    04/15/2005 5:32:49 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 474+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 15, 2005 | Editorial
    ...The indictments announced by U.S. Attorney David Kelley support what the critics have long been saying: Oil for Food was designed from the beginning, and virtually in plain sight, in a way that allowed skimming and kickback operations to help Saddam Hussein circumvent U.N. sanctions.... The same story described "total anarchy" and "flagrant disregard of U.N. Security Council resolutions" in Oil for Food. A myriad of shady middlemen had moved in after the world's major oil companies shunned Iraq in response to Saddam's widely publicized demand the previous year for illegal kickbacks on oil contracts. This open and flagrant corruption......
  • Kofi Annan is depressed. Maybe he should go on Dr. Phil.

    03/28/2005 7:21:35 AM PST · by thebiggestdog · 176+ views ^ | 3-28-05 |
    The word out of the UK is that poor Kofi Annan is depressed, and may be close to calling it quits. How sad. How did things go so horribly wrong for Kofi? Just a few years ago he was the darling of the world community, taking pot shots at President Bush and the US at will. Dictators and tyrants everywhere loved to hear Kofi tell the world that the war in Iraq was unjust, knowing that If justice came knocking at their door, Kofi would side with them. Now things are getting interesting. First of is the issue with Kofi's...
  • After All Its Denials, U.N. Admits It Paid Oil-for-Food Program Aide's Legal Fees

    03/23/2005 7:45:59 PM PST · by StoneGiant · 5 replies · 361+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 3/22/2005 | BENNY AVNI
    UNITED NATIONS - After months of denials, the United Nations admitted yesterday that, in an exception to its own rules, it has paid for the legal defense of Benon Sevan. The U.N.'s own investigation panel denounced Mr. Sevan for his central role in the oil-for-food scandal that has engulfed the world body.
  • Volcker to release oil-for-food report (Mar. 29, specific to Kofi and son's involvement)

    03/21/2005 7:34:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 763+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/21/05 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker will release a report March 29 on whether the U.N. chief and his son were involved in wrongdoing over the Iraqi oil-for-food program, officials said Monday. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday that he had no expectations about the report from Volcker, who is heading an investigation into the troubled program. "I will wait to see the report, which I understand will come out by the end of this month," Annan told reporters. Kojo Annan was employed in Africa by the Swiss company, Cotecna Inspection SA, which had a...
  • U.N. Oil-for-Food Chief Faces Fresh Charges (Sevan skimmed $1.2 million out of program)

    02/14/2005 9:58:37 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 568+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 15, 2005 | Judith Miller
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 - The Senate subcommittee on investigations says it has documents showing that the former head of the United Nations oil-for-food aid program may have made as much as $1.2 million personally from illegal oil shipments by Iraq. The officials said in a briefing on Capitol Hill late Monday that they based the conclusion on documents written by the Iraqi Oil Ministry under Saddam Hussein and on reports prepared for the new oil minister after Mr. Hussein was overthrown in 2003. A subcommittee hearing about the oil-for-food program is to take place on Tuesday. An independent investigation...
  • By William F. Buckley Jr.: Oil-for-U.N.

    02/07/2005 11:03:07 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 468+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 8, 2005 | By William F. Buckley Jr.
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES A wild thought passes through my mind, which is that maybe Benon Sevan is in fact innocent. Innocent of receiving money directly from his buddy Fakhry Abdelnour, the Egyptian whose company (AMEP — African Middle East Petroleum) wanted some Iraqi chits to permit oil purchases. Benon Sevan was certainly not innocent of using his influence in behalf of his friends and of failing to blow any whistles when suspect contractors were designated to oversee the oil-for-food program, a cover-up for easing the life and enhancing the fortunes of Saddam Hussein. Click to learn more... The U.N. had...
  • Suspension of Retired UN Employee Prompts Flurry of Suspensions Worldwide

    02/08/2005 8:28:41 AM PST · by StoneGiant · 6 replies · 387+ views ^ | 2/8/2005
    February 07, 2005Suspension of Retired UN Employee Prompts Flurry of Suspensions Worldwide Sevan NEW YORK, New York --- UN Secretary General, Kofi Anan, suspended Benon Sevan today for improprieties related to the multi-billion dollar oil-for-food scandal. The only problem was that Sevan retired last year, so it is unclear what the suspension really means. It does not impact his pension or current $1 salary. News of the suspension gave fresh ideas to organizations worldwide that wished to discipline individuals no longer with their organization. Major League Baseball announced that it has suspended retired steroid user, Jose Canseco. "We take a...
  • Inquiry on Food-for-Oil Plan Cites U.N. Diplomat for Conflict

    02/03/2005 8:14:11 PM PST · by Pikamax · 2 replies · 438+ views
    Inquiry on Food-for-Oil Plan Cites U.N. Diplomat for Conflict By JUDITH MILLER and WARREN HOGE n interim report by a commission investigating the United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq said the former head of the program had violated the United Nations Charter by helping a company owned by a friend to obtain valuable contracts to sell Iraqi oil. The conduct of Benon V. Sevan, a Cypriot official who ran the program between 1997 until its demise in 2003, was a "grave and continuing conflict of interest" and had "seriously undermined the integrity of the United Nations," the report concludes. The...
  • Official claims £85,000 windfall came from aunt (Sevan, Oil for food)

    02/04/2005 6:36:31 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 18 replies · 478+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 2-4-05 | MICHAEL THEODOULOU
    ONE of the key questions being asked of Benon Sevan, the head of the UN’s oil-for- food programme, is how he came to be in possession of £85,000 which he claimed was given to him by an elderly aunt. The report questioned this "unexplained wealth", noting that his aunt, Berdjouhi Zeitountsian, was a retired Cyprus government photographer living on a modest pension. Ms Zeitountsian died last June after falling into the lift shaft at her home, but relatives say they find the story convincing. They say that Mr Sevan, who is the illegitimate son of one of Ms Zeitountsian’s sisters,...
  • Iraq calls for wider oil-for-food probe

    02/04/2005 7:52:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 621+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/4/05 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iraq called Friday for a widening of the investigation of the U.N. oil-for-food program and demanded the immediate return of money in the U.N. account that paid for administration of the humanitarian relief effort. Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie also reiterated the government's demand that the United Nations stop using oil-for-food money to pay for the independent investigation into the program led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. "It is outrageous that Iraqi funds were mismanaged and then we have to pay for finding out about the mismanagement," he told a news conference a...
  • Annan Pledges to Get to Truth in Oil-For-Food Scandal

    02/04/2005 9:38:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 614+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/4/05 | Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) pledged Friday to get to the bottom of any wrongdoing by the United Nations (news - web sites) in the Iraq (news - web sites) oil-for-food scandal. "We are as determined as everyone to get to the bottom of this. We do not want this shadow to hang over the U.N.," Annan told reporters as he arrived at headquarters. "So we want to get to the bottom of it, get to the truth and take appropriate measures to deal with the gaps," he said. An independent inquiry named by...
  • Oil-for-food sparks disciplinary action

    02/03/2005 2:44:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 518+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/3/05 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan is taking disciplinary action against the head of the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq following an investigation of alleged corruption in the humanitarian program, a senior U.N. official said Thursday. The decision came after a report by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker accused program chief Benon Sevan of unethical conduct and Joseph Stephanides of manipulating an oil-for-food contract, according to Mark Malloch Brown, Annan's chief of staff. At the time the contract was awarded, Stephanides was chief of the U.N. Sanctions Branch and deputy director of the Security Council Affairs Division in...
  • Volcker Report Will Be Very Critical of U.N. Oil-for-Food Operation

    02/02/2005 5:28:53 PM PST · by ijcr · 25 replies · 1,249+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2005 | Edith M. Lederer
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - An eagerly awaited first report by former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker into alleged corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq will be sharply critical of U.N. management in key areas and will target Benon Sevan, who ran the program, a source close to the investigation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Volcker report, to be released Thursday afternoon, will focus on the administration, financial transactions, and internal auditing of the $60 billion program, all of which were "tainted badly," said the person with knowledge of the report. The interim report will not...
  • Annan met with UN reform pointman Yevgeny Primakov in Moscow when Oil-For-Food scandal broke

    01/31/2005 9:48:39 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 1 replies · 607+ views
    CFP ^ | January 31, 2005 | CFP
    Did United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan hightail it to Moscow to check in with his handpicked UN reform man Yevgeny Primakov within weeks of William Safire’s New York Times expose on alleged scandal in the Oil-For-Food Program? The first of Safire’s groundbreaking Oil-For-Food investigative stories ran in mid-March, 2004. Here’s Annan’s Moscow itinerary as documented by The Russian Federation: "Annan arrived in Moscow on Sunday, April 4, 2004 where he had an early working dinner with Evgeni (sic) Primakov, former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation." On the following day, Annan visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where...
  • Annan met with UN reform pointman Yevgeny Primakov in Moscow when Oil-For-Food scandal broke

    01/31/2005 9:26:08 AM PST · by UpHereEh · 508+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 31, 2005 | Judy McLeod
    Did United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan hightail it to Moscow to check in with his handpicked UN reform man Yevgeny Primakov within weeks of William Safire’s New York Times expose on alleged scandal in the Oil-For-Food Program? The first of Safire’s groundbreaking Oil-For-Food investigative stories ran in mid-March, 2004. Here’s Annan’s Moscow itinerary as documented by The Russian Federation: "Annan arrived in Moscow on Sunday, April 4, 2004 where he had an early working dinner with Evgeni (sic) Primakov, former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation." On the following day, Annan visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where...
  • Oil-for-Food Audits Reveal Sevan as Mysterious Manager

    01/17/2005 9:27:18 AM PST · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 578+ views
    FOX News ^ | January 16, 2005 | Claudia Rosett and George Russell
    Perhaps Paul Volcker, head of the United Nations-authorized inquiry into the U.N. Oil-for-Food program, was speaking solely of graft when he said recently that the internal audits of Oil-for-Food contained “no flaming red flags.” But if he meant anything beyond outright criminality, he was surely wrong. On that score, previously secret U.N. internal audits of the multi-billion dollar program, finally released last week by Volcker’s own investigating commission, are packed with bombshells enough to shatter any normal business – let alone a U.N. program supplied with $1.4 billion to cover its administrative costs in monitoring $111 billion worth of deals...
  • WSJ: Oil for Terrorism -- The U.N. scandal details get worse by the day.

    11/23/2004 5:57:52 AM PST · by OESY · 18 replies · 2,016+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2004 | Editorial
    Last week certainly was instructive about the epic... United Nations Oil for Food program. First came Monday's hearings in Norm Coleman's Senate Subcommittee on Investigations where we learned that Saddam Hussein gamed the program for twice as much unmonitored revenue as previously thought -- $21.3 billion, up from $10 billion. Also fascinating was chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer's testimony that he believes, based on what high-level Iraqi sources have told him, that U.N. Oil for Food director Benon Sevan did in fact profit from Iraqi oil vouchers. Mr. Sevan continues to deny the allegation. Then on Wednesday Henry Hyde's House...
  • Oil-for-Food Official May Have Blocked Inquiries

    11/13/2004 11:22:24 PM PST · by crushelits · 45 replies · 2,386+ views ^ | Sunday, November 14 | Colum Lynch
    Head of U.N. Program in Iraq Accused of Improperly Accepting Purchasing Rights. UNITED NATIONS -- Benon Sevan, the official accused of improperly receiving lucrative rights to purchase oil from Saddam Hussein's government while he was running the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq, discouraged his staff from probing allegations of corruption and helped block efforts by the U.N. anti-corruption unit to assess where the program was vulnerable to abuse, according to senior U.N. officials. Sevan said that such an assessment would prove too costly and that U.N. member governments bore primary responsibility for policing the program, according to senior U.N. officials...
  • Saddam's Oil Vouchers Revisited

    10/26/2004 11:23:19 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 262+ views
    Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) ^ | October 26 2004 | Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
    Introduction The Iraqi daily Al-Mada ("Horizon") was the first newspaper to publish a list of 270 individuals and organizations that benefited from oil vouchers granted to them by the regime of Saddam Hussein.(1) The intention of the grant was either to allow the recipients to sell the vouchers to intermediaries for a quick profit or to buy the oil themselves at discounted prices. It was assumed that the vouchers would permit their ultimate bearer to purchase Iraqi oil at a sufficiently discounted price as to leave a margin of profit to the voucher beneficiary, the intermediary, the oil company which...

    11/07/2004 11:49:48 AM PST · by kattracks · 16 replies · 439+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/07/04
    The prospect of a potential John Kerry presidency having been laid mercifully to rest, it is now time to cast a gimlet eye on unfinished business elsewhere — say, the U.N.'s now-infamous Oil-for-Food scandal. It now comes to light that Benon Sevan — a central figure in the multi-billion-dollar rip-off — has a history of running other U.N. ventures with questionable management and financial procedures Apparently U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan felt "experience" was the critical factor in assigning someone to run the Oil-for-Food program. If so, he certainly hit the motherlode with his deputy — and good buddy — Sevan,...
  • WSJ: Saddam's U.N. Payroll

    10/28/2004 5:31:00 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 644+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 28, 2004 | Editorial
    ...Iraq's top customer was Russia, whose firms bought $19.2 billion worth of Iraq oil and exported $3.3 billion in humanitarian goods. Fellow Security Council member France was a distant but significant second, at $4.4 billion and $2.9 billion respectively. China is also high on the list. Oil voucher recipients are alleged to include the Russian presidential office, former French Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, and even former Oil for Food program director Benon Sevan of the U.N.... Against this backdrop, it is impossible to take Secretary-General Annan seriously when he calls it "inconceivable" that this could have affected the Security Council's...
  • . . . AND HIS TURTLE BAY TASK (Eliot Spitzer)

    10/25/2004 6:02:19 AM PDT · by OESY · 311+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 25, 2004 | Editorial
    If Spitzer is looking for some truly useful work, here's a task he could take up: Saddam Hussein laundered at least $10 billion through the United Nations' Oil-for-Food program and used the proceeds to corrupt governments across Europe and — most likely — at the United Nations right here in New York City.... He spent some of the cash bribing international luminaries.... And, according to U.S. investigators, Saddam spent yet more of that money on repeated bids to buy weapons material on the world market. Saddam flouted the sanctions under the purported supervision of the U.N. Security Council. But the...

    10/25/2004 12:34:17 AM PDT · by conservative in nyc · 3 replies · 279+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/25/04 | NILES LATHEM
    Benon Sevan, the head of the Iraq oil-for-food program, presided over another U.N. scandal earlier in his career in which millions of dollars earmarked for reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan were squandered and disappeared, The Post has learned. But despite U.N. audits that discovered widespread waste, fraud and abuse of the Afghan relief program in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the well-connected Sevan was never held accountable. Instead, according to his official U.N. biography, he received a series of promotions within the U.N. Secretariat after serving five years in Afghanistan and Pakistan, leading eventually to his longtime friend and colleague...
  • Report: Saddam Benefitted From U.N. Deals

    10/07/2004 2:44:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 358+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/07/04 | Desmond Butler - AP
    NEW YORK - Suitcases full of cash, secret bank accounts, covert operatives, corrupt politicians on the take. A report detailing alleged illicit U.N. oil-for-food deals with the former Iraq (news - web sites) government paints a portrait of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) as an international gangster — not a nuclear terrorist. The financial schemes propped up Saddam's regime for more than a decade and involved cloak-and-dagger efforts to hide the alleged graft by dealing in front companies, untraceable accounts, cash sales and smuggling, the report by the top U.S. arms inspector said. The report, delivered Wednesday by Charles...
  • U.N. Got Blunt Oil-For-Food Bribery Letter

    06/30/2004 1:55:52 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 6 replies · 149+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, June 29, 2004
    UNITED NATIONS — United Nations officials apparently knew of specific allegations that bribes were being paid in the oil-for-food program but there's no sign they did anything to change the program, documents obtained by FOX News show. Nearly two years ago, U.N. official Benon Sevan (search) — the man who ran the oil-for-food program — received a copy of a letter from Lakia (search), a Russian-owned oil company, that was sent to Iraqi authorities. The Oct. 2, 2002, letter was blunt and direct. It accused the State Oil Marketing Organization (search) of "lying to us." "It is necessary for us...
  • U.N. Lesson: Follow the Oil-for-Food Money

    06/30/2004 1:56:26 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 2 replies · 115+ views
    Fox News ^ | 6/29/04 | By Claudia Rosett
    NEW YORK — This is the tale of a bribe linked to the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq. The bribe itself, paid to Saddam Hussein's regime, first made the news in late 2002. What got no attention at the time, however, was just how odd a response it drew from the United Nations. There, it was treated as just another modest irregularity in oil-for-food — worthy of polite inquiry, but not the outrage and immediate expert investigation it deserved.
  • Leaked UN audit proves Oil-for-Food shambles (Kofi knew all along)

    05/23/2004 8:20:30 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 34 replies · 675+ views
    Mineweb ^ | May 4, 2K4 | Tim Wood
    Leaked UN audit proves Oil-for-Food shamblesTim Wood'19-MAY-04 03:00' NEW YORK ( -- A United Nations internal audit report leaked to Mineweb cracks open the door on hitherto secret details of the disgraced Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme. The report details irregularities that went on for years, with hundreds of millions of dollars not properly accounted for, hinting at disarray in the programme from start to finish. The report was never forwarded to the UN Security Council.The leaked document is the first audit involving the Office of the Iraq Programme (OIP) to see the light of day. Despite intensifying US Congressional scrutiny,...
  • Very U.N.-Attractive - A leaked audit gives hints of the Oil-for-Food corruption.

    05/18/2004 9:08:50 PM PDT · by Shermy · 23 replies · 432+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | May 19, 2004 | Claudia Rosett
    In the scandal over the U.N. Oil-for-Food program in Iraq, Kofi Annan's main line of defense has been that he didn't know. Perhaps he should take a closer look at internal U.N. Oil-for-Food audit reports, more than 50 in all, produced by his own Office of Internal Oversight Services--the same reports he's declined to share with the Security Council, or release to Congress. One of these reports has now leaked. It concerns the U.N. Secretariat's mishandling of the hiring of inspectors to authenticate the contents of relief shipments into sanctions-bound Iraq. (Obtained by a journalist specializing in the mining industry,...
  • U.N. Audit Found Early 'Oil-for-Food' Problems

    05/19/2004 3:22:58 PM PDT · by nunya bidness · 11 replies · 146+ views
    FNC | 5/19/04
    NEW YORK  — An internal United Nations audit from 2003 found significant problems with the international organization's Iraqi oil-for-food program, revealing that millions of dollars went unaccounted for. The 23-page audit by the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services (search) into the program now the subject of an independent probe looking into allegations of abuse also revealed problems with the oil-for-food program's administration, specifically with a company that employed Secretary General Kofi Annan's son as it prepared to bid for an oil-for-food contract. Click to read the U.N. internal audit of the oil-for-food program. The audit devotes almost 20 pages to the...