Someone please explain things to me.
Who investigates the U.N? Does the U.N. investigate
itself and report to itself? Aren't there outside organizations
that need to be involved in investigating this? Who can
trust the U.N. to be honest or truthful or helpful in investigating
it's own obvious corruption that reaches into Koffi Annans own
family? NOT ME!
Every country that pays the U.N. bills should be investigating
Someone explain to me ... how does this work?
U.N. deserted leads in oil-for-food investigation
By Bill Gertz
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A private intelligence firm hired by the United Nations to look into corruption in the oil-for-food program provided valuable leads to U.N.
investigators, but they were ignored, the company's director says.
"We found it extremely frustrating to be in a position where we could do something significant to dramatically assist the investigation into the
oil-for-food fraud and not be allowed to proceed," said Derek Baldwin, director of operations for IBIS Risk Management Services Inc.
Meanwhile, a U.N. panel investigating the humanitarian program yesterday refused to release documents to two U.S. senators, who last week accused U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a letter of blocking their subcommittee's probe into the matter.
In his reply to the letter sent by Sens. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican, and Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, obtained by Agence France-Presse, U.N.
panel chief Paul Volcker pledged to release "all evidence" bearing on its reports and findings but insisted that now was not the time to do so.
Mr. Baldwin said Mr. Volcker's panel, the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC), tasked his company in June to use its intelligence sources in the
Middle East and Europe to assist the probe of the $64 billion program.
In a report produced for the IIC, the company uncovered new information and people with knowledge about the oil-for-food activities in Iraq, Cyprus,
Jordan, Kuwait, Iran, Dubai, Egypt, Switzerland and France. U.N. investigators asked IBIS to reveal its sources for the data and then said they wanted
to limit the scope of the company's work to Jordan, Kuwait and Cyprus, Mr. Baldwin said.
"We don't reveal our sources and methods," he said, noting that the company has had agents in Iraq since the early 1990s, including former Iraqi
intelligence and oil ministry officials.
Three of the company's sources were killed recently in terrorist violence, he said.
Mr. Baldwin said new information related to the U.N. oil-for-food program uncovered by the company includes:
•A network of Iranians who were involved in smuggling oil under the U.N. program.
•Connections between the U.N. program and a French organized crime figure who U.S. officials said was a conduit for oil-for-food-related payments to
French President Jacques Chirac.
•Information on the Swiss-based company Cotecna, which was involved in border inspections of oil-for-food goods. Cotecna at one point during the
oil-for-food program hired Mr. Annan's son as a consultant.
•Data on the activities of an Egyptian oil broker who took part in illegal activities related to the oil-for-food program.
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[edit on 11/17/2004 by FlyersFan]