Auntie Saddam

According to CNN:

The man in charge of the-oil-for food program for the United Nations made illicit oil deals with Iraq and “violated standards of integrity,” according to an initial investigative report released Thursday.

According to investigating commission chairman Paul Volcker, the probe showed that between 1998 and 2001, Benon Sevan “repeatedly solicited,” on behalf of a company called African Middle East Petroleum, several million barrels of oil worth about $1 million…

…The report notes that according to U.N. financial disclosure forms, Sevan received $160,000 in four cash payments from 1999 to 2003. He listed them on his financial disclosure forms as cash from an aunt who lived in Cyprus and who was a retired government photographer.

“According to a longtime family friend, she never had shown signs of having access to large amounts of cash,” the report says.

But don’t worry people! Kofi is on top of it…

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for disciplinary action against the chief of Oil-for-Food after a report released Thursday said the program head had “seriously undermined” the integrity of the United Nations.

And, as for you, Kojo… Go to your room!

I wonder if it would make a difference to Kofi to know that the assasin of this woman’s father was paid off with an “Oil for Food” voucher…

Safia al-Souhail, a leading political figure in post-Saddam Iraq, told The Post she has evidence that Tarkhaynan is a former Beirut shirtmaker and once-trusted family friend who helped Iraq assassinate her father, anti-Saddam dissident Sheik Taleb al-Souhail al-Tamimi, in Lebanon in 1994.

“George Tarkhaynan was a good agent for them. He facilitated the killing of my father who was an enemy of the regime. This oil voucher was like a present for what he did,” al-Souhail said by phone from Baghdad.

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