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January 30, 2005
Kojo Brokered Oil For UNSCAM After All

Amid the cheering of the Iraqis over their first taste of true freedom, the Times of London reports that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's sone Kojo had more involvement in brokering oil for the corrupt program that stole their money than first revealed:

THE son of the United Nations secretary-general has admitted he was involved in negotiations to sell millions of barrels of Iraqi oil under the auspices of Saddam Hussein.

Kojo Annan has told a close friend he became involved in negotiations to sell 2m barrels of Iraqi oil to a Moroccan company in 2001. He is understood to be co-operating with UN investigators probing the discredited oil for food programme.

The alleged admission will increase pressure on Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, who is already facing calls for his resignation over the management of the humanitarian programme. ...

Potentially more serious is his connections with Hani Yamani, the son of Sheikh Yamani, the wealthy former Saudi oil minister who set up Opec. Kojo acted as a director for Hani Yamanis company and was a close business associate. The pair represented the coming together of two of the worlds most influential families.

In 2001 Yamani lined up a deal to sell about $60m worth of Iraqi oil to a Moroccan company. The Sunday Times has statements from two close business associates of Yamani who claim that Kojo was involved in the deal.

Why did Yamani include Kojo in the deal? Could Yamani have wanted to curry favor with the UN Secretary-General? Yamani, who helped create OPEC and who still remains an influential Saudi sheikh, had good reason to grease the wheels for UN political credits. They wanted the OFF program to remain in place and fought hard to keep the Iraqi invasion from happening.

Kojo apparently is cooperating with investigators. It will be interesting to see how much.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 30, 2005 3:57 PM

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