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Posted: 8/9/2005 5:17:18 AM EDT
from Neil Boortz


Well it's about time. The federal prosecutor who is looking into the Oil-For-Food ripoff at the United Nations handed down his first criminal charges yesterday. And just who is the first customer?

Alexander Yakovlev, a Russian procurement officer. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering. He faces up to 60 years in prison. He's accused of trying to solicit bribes. This is the very tiny tip of a very huge iceberg.

My prediction? Once all the dust settles, you're going to find that all of the members on the UN Security Council that were opposed to the invasion of Iraq were doing so because their allegiance was bought and paid for by Saddam Hussein, with money stolen from the Iraqi people.

It may take years to get to the truth, but it will come, and when it does, it will be sweet. Will Kofi Annan still be around then? Stay tuned.

I'm looking for a link to verify.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:18:48 AM EDT

Russian Diplomat in UN Arrested for Bribery
Yesterday night in New York, authorities arrested the UN employee, Russian citizen Alexander Yakovlev. He was charged with bribery in exceptionally large amounts for the time period while he was participating in “Oil for Food” program for Iraq. However, the lead investigator Paul Volcker hinted that Yakovlev is only first on the list of the officials who would face the court.
The name of 52 years old Alexander Yakovlev had become known to the public in June of this year. That was after the official representative of UN Secretary General Stephan Dujarric said that the Russian procurement officer was forced to resign. The reason for the resignation became internal investigation of Yakovlev’s “possible conflict of the interest.”

The UN officials refused to give up the details of investigation. However, the journalists were able to establish that Yakovlev placed his son in private company on well paid job. The company was competing for The UN contracts. The sources within the UN confirmed in fact this information. However, Secretary General of UN Kofi Annan left status of international official for Yakovlev and gives Russian diplomat immunity from the criminal prosecution. It is possible, that Yakovlev, who worked in UN since 1985 was given this status for his previous good job over the years.

However, the investigation found that Yakovlev has been involved in the corruption scheme of such huge scale, that he was denied the immunity status. As the investigation established, Yakovlev during his participation in “Oil for Food” program received about $1 million in bribes. After finding this out, the UN Secretary General signed an order to strip former procurement officer off the immunity. Yakovlev was arrested immediately after that.
by Alexander Reutov

Russian Article as of Aug. 09, 2005

Heads Up Koffi!!!
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:19:01 AM EDT

I was wondering when somebody was going to be charged.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:20:46 AM EDT
When will ever got the hell out of the UN already?
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:24:48 AM EDT
bout fricken time
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:43:34 AM EDT
I only hope that this is just the beginning. I hope they don't use the Russian as a scapegoat.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 5:45:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:04:57 AM EDT
This truly bad news for the people who believe in the UN.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:06:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By warlord:
This truly bad news for the people who believe in the UN.

and it only further proves to those who don't believe just why we need to get the hell out of there
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 6:14:46 AM EDT
I'm sure once Hillary is in office all charges and ivestigations will be dropped.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 7:58:51 AM EDT
More info..............


UN officials accused of kickbacks
Oil-for-food program

Steven Edwards
CanWest News Service

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

UNITED NATIONS - The former chief of the UN's scandal-plagued aid program for Iraq was accused yesterday of taking kickbacks of almost US$150,000 in deals involving relatives of Boutros Boutros Ghali, the Egyptian who headed the world body in the 1990s.

The findings against Benon Sevan are set out in an 88-page interim report by the inquiry into corruption in the US$64-billion program, launched in 1996 to relieve the suffering of ordinary Iraqis under sanctions targeting Saddam Hussein.

Mr. Sevan is the most senior UN official accused of taking illicit payments, and the report called for removal of his diplomatic immunity to open the way for criminal charges.

It also accused another senior UN official, Alexander Yakovlev, of working with a French businessman to solicit a bribe in connection with the program and taking almost US$1-million in additional kickbacks unrelated to the humanitarian scheme.

Within hours, Mr. Yakovlev surrendered to U.S. federal authorities and pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.

Paul Volcker, the inquiry's chairman, said its next report in early September will include findings of a renewed investigation into a possible conflict of interest involving Kofi Annan, the current UN Secretary-General.

In March, the initial probe concluded there was insufficient evidence to support allegations he had helped steer a multimillion dollar oil-for-food contract to a company that employed his son Kojo as a consultant.

Since then, two e-mails from an executive with the Swiss firm Cotecna have emerged suggesting the senior Mr. Annan may have at least known about the deal. One of them describes an alleged encounter between him and company officials.

The e-mails -- "and some other lines of inquiry in relation to his son -- raise more questions," Mr. Volcker said. But he noted Mr. Annan and others say the e-mails are wrong.

The executive is Michael Wilson, an Annan family friend, whose company inspected goods entering Iraq under oil-for-food.

Mr. Volcker stressed that for now the panel's March finding stands and there is no evidence to suggest the Secretary-General was in a conflict of interest.

Next month's report will provide a "comprehensive" review of the management of the oil-for-food program and cap the year-long US$35-million inquiry. It will be released on the eve of the UN's 60th-anniversary summit, which Mr. Annan will use to push for adoption of his massive reform plans of the world body.

"Would you want a report such as this raining on your parade two weeks before the summit?" Mark Malloch Brown, Mr. Annan's chief of staff, said yesterday. "In an ideal world, 'No.' ''

He claimed the report would help the UN by showing "this is an organization that needs major management reform," and the Secretary-General believes it will enable him to convince the 191 members of the General Assembly to approve his proposals.

Mr. Sevan, who had worked for the UN for 40 years, resigned on Sunday.

The report says he steered business to an oil trading firm owned by Fakhry Abdelnour, a cousin of Mr. Boutros-Ghali, who headed the UN when the oil-for-food program was established.

According to investigators, African Middle East Petroleum transferred US$580,000 to the account of Fred Nadler, brother of Mr. Boutros-Ghali's wife, Leia. Mr. Nadler then deposited US$147,184 in the bank accounts of Mr. Sevan and his wife.

Mr. Sevan says the cash was a gift from his aunt in his native Cyprus, who died after falling down an elevator shaft.

Investigators accuse Mr. Yakovlev of trying to seek a bribe from the French firm Societe generale de surveillance, which sought an oil inspection contract. But they found no evidence the company agreed to the bribe.

Link Posted: 8/9/2005 8:26:09 AM EDT
US out of the UN!!

UN out of the US!!!
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 8:34:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thompsondd:

Originally Posted By warlord:
This truly bad news for the people who believe in the UN.

and it only further proves to those who don't believe just why we need to get the hell out of there

There are lot of people who think the UN is a great big piggy bank waiting to be tapped. And these people want to run the internet. It is best if the UN cleans up its won backyard before cleaning up everybody elses.
Link Posted: 8/9/2005 10:04:23 AM EDT
The plot thickens

Tomorrow's news today (it is already 08/10/05 in AU)


Kickbacks oil palms at UN


THE former head of the UN oil-for-food program for Iraq took cash bribes, an inquiry has has found.

The third interim report of the Independent Inquiry Committee said that on the basis of available evidence, Benon Sevan "corruptly benefited from the scheme and recommended that his immunity be lifted.

And questions remained about UN chief Kofi Annan's knowledge of the scandal, the report says.

The interim report of the inquiry, led by former US federal reserve chairman Paul Volcker, says Mr Sevan, a 67-year-old Cypriot, personally received $193,000 from a small company called African Middle East Petroleum, to whom he had allocated 7.3 million oil barrels as part of the $83.9 billion program.

Criminal charges would be brought against Mr Sevan, Mr Volcker said.

The oil allocations were made at Mr Sevan's request to AMEP, headed by Egyptian Fakhry Abdelnour, a cousin of former UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Cash was deposited from December 1998 to January 2002 to bank accounts belonging to Mr Sevan and his wife in New York, the panel found.

Mr Sevan, who fled to Cyprus two months ago, resigned ahead of the announcement of the charge, which he denies.

He insists he received the money from his aunt and says Mr Annan has sacrificed him.

Mr Sevan had retired from the UN but remained on staff, receiving a nominal salary of $1.30 a year to maintain his diplomatic immunity.

Mr Volcker said Mr Sevan had not responded to efforts to contact him.

Procurement officer Alexander Yakovlev pleaded guilty yesterday to accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from UN contractors, according to US prosecutors.

He also admitted to soliciting a bribe under the UN oil-for-food program, making him the first UN official to face criminal charges in connection with the program for Iraq.

He pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering just hours after Mr Annan waived his diplomatic immunity and could face up to 20 years in prison for each of the charges.

The report says Mr Yakovlev, a Russian living in New York, participated in a scheme to solicit a bribe from a company bidding for an oil inspection contract.

He is accused of having set up a company, Moxyco, to handle the illicit payments, receiving transfers on accounts in the Caribbean and in Switzerland in exchange for his information and help.

The panel also addressed "serious questions" -- already raised in its March report -- about Mr Annan's son, Kojo Annan, once employed by Swiss firm Cotecna, which won a large contract under the oil-for-food program.

Mr Volcker said a recently discovered email raised even more questions about Mr Annan's knowledge about Cotecna's interest, and appeared authentic.

The email indicated then-Cotecna vice-president Michael Wilson, an Annan family friend, spoke with Mr Annan and his entourage in 1998.

Aides said Mr Annan did not remember such discussions and found no trace of it in UN records. – AFP

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