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March 22, 2005
Iraqi Victims Of UNSCAM Pay For Benon Sevan's Lawyers

The United Nations has paid the attorney's fees for Benon Sevan, who headed up the corrupt Oil-For-Food program that stuffed billions into the pockets of Saddam Hussein at the expense of the Iraqi citizens Sevan was supposed to help. In fact, as the UN itself acknowledges, the money for Sevan's fees came from the UN management percentage of the oil deals themselves:

The United Nations agreed to reimburse Benon Sevan, the suspended head of the U.N. Oil-for-Food program in Iraq, for legal fees he incurred during an investigation into allegations of fraud in the operation, a U.N. official said Tuesday.

Payment for Sevan's legal fees was to come out of the account containing the 2.2 percent of Iraqi oil revenues from the $64 billion program earmarked for its administration, U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard said.

Sevan's fees are to be reimbursed with Iraqi oil funds set aside to help administer the program. That means Iraq oil money would essentially pay for Sevan to defend himself against charges that he bilked the program.

Does anyone at Turtle Bay ever consider the fact that the Iraqis might not appreciate the money from their oil paying to defend the man who pocketed their money and allowed Saddam to starve them? We aren't talking about ordinary graft here. UNSCAM's sheer unbelievable scope allowed Saddam to retain an iron grip on power by redirecting the funds that should have bought food and medicine to Saddam and the men who supported him. Instead of weakening Saddam, the massive corruption solidified his power base and made him unassailable from within.

Benon Sevan and the OFF acted as Saddam's underwriter in the final decade of his tyranny. Now Iraqi oil money pays for his defense. It's outrageous, but it's hardly surprising from the tone-deaf Kofi Annan regime at the UN.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 22, 2005 8:30 PM

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