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NEWS: Iraq Oil For Food Farce - Ex Chief Resigns Blasting U.N.

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posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 01:30 AM
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A day before investigators release a report expected to accuse him of taking kickbacks, the former chief of the Iraq Oil-For-Food program, Benon Sevan has resigned, blasting Un Secretary General Kofi Annan for using him as a scapegoat. Sevan's resignation is symbolic due to him being suspended in February and retained by only being paid US $1 a year to keep him on the payroll so he could testify and co operate with the investigation of the program. The move will strip him of his diplomatic immunity status, leaving him open to prosecution over the affair.
 



news.bbc.co.uk
It is expected to accuse Mr Sevan of receiving cash in return for allocating Iraqi oil contracts in the mid-1990s.

The oil-for-food programme allowed Saddam Hussein to sell limited amounts of oil to buy humanitarian goods.

Mr Sevan's lawyers have already said the report will falsely accuse him of receiving cash kick-backs for helping a company obtain lucrative oil contracts under the scheme.



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Reports are that Sevan was questioned over "unexplained wealth" of US$160000 in cash that he said he recieved from his Aunt in Cyprus. It was noted that the aunt, who has since died was retired living on a government pension.

He tendered his resignation letter directly to Kofi Annan.


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posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 06:58 AM
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Well, at least someone is trying to do the right thing.



posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 11:00 AM
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I'm not sure. Helping to shaft a nation of people while supporting a terrorist supporter, corrupting the system to force a "no" vote against current Iraqi military operations, and milking the system for personal gain until getting caught...not exactly doing the right thing.

Doing the "right thing" would have meant not taking the graft and exposing this a decade ago or a couple of years ago, instead of waiting until he was left high and dry by more crooked folks up the chain.

This weasel's trying for a plea bargain. Hoping to get off the hook by exposing a bigger dealer than himself. A good lawyer will get him a suspended sentence at Club Fed or house arrest.


Originally posted by ulshadow
Well, at least someone is trying to do the right thing.



posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 01:06 PM
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I'm kinda curious to see how far up the chain this percolates.



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