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NEWS: U.N.: Annans Son Got Payments On Deal

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posted on Nov, 27 2004 @ 06:57 AM
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Kojo Annon, son of U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annon, admitted he received 4 years of payments from a firm involved in the Oil for Food program. This had been previously not admitted according to a U.N. spokesman. The spokesman went on to say that there was nothing illegal about the payments. These payments went on from 1999 through February 2004. The U.N. had previously stated that the payments had been stopped in 1999.
 



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UNITED NATIONS - The son of Secretary-General Kofi Annan received payments from a firm with a U.N. Iraqi oil-for-food contract more than four years longer than the world body previously admitted, the U.N. spokesman said Friday.

Spokesman Fred Eckhard said the panel investigating alleged corruption in the oil for food program has been told by Kojo Annan's lawyer about the payments.

"There is nothing illegal in this," Eckhard said of the payments from the Swiss firm Cotecna. However, it was an embarrassing moment for the United Nations to have to admit that its earlier information was wrong.

Eckhard said that Kojo Annan's attorney told him that the younger Annan "continued to receive monthly payments beyond the end of 1999, when we previously thought they had ceased, through February 2004."

Eckhard acknowledged that the United Nations previously said that Kojo had stopped receiving monthly payments at the end of 1999.

Eckhard explained that Kojo worked under an open-ended no-compete contract, meaning when an employee leaves a company, he can receive payments to assure he won't set up a competing company doing the same work as the employer.



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While the U.N. insists that nothing illegal was done in this matter, it still is very suspicious. How could they have missed the payments for 4 years? All the while insisting that they had stopped in 1999. As evidence is further uncovered, it is increasingly clear that it is time for Annon to step down from his position. The Oil For Food debacle alone should justify it, not to mention the constant obstruction of the investigation.

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posted on Nov, 27 2004 @ 07:28 AM
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Yes Kofi is very cheeky



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