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April 15, 2005
Two UN Officials Fingered In Indictment

The Associated Press reports that a new American indictment issued in the massive Oil-For-Food corruption scandal includes two high-ranking UN officials, a development that will rock Turtle Bay yet again:

Two high-ranking UN officials have been cited in a U.S. criminal complaint against a South Korean businessman who was at the centre of a 1970s congressional corruption scandal and is now accused of accepting millions of dollars from Iraq related to the UN oil-for-food program.

The reported involvement of the two unidentified UN officials was likely to cast a new shadow on the world body, which has spent more than a year trying to get to the bottom of allegations of massive corruption in the $64-billion humanitarian program that was aimed at helping Iraqis cope with UN sanctions.

The complaint calling for an arrest warrant against Tonsun Park was made public at the same time as an indictment charging a Texas oil company owner and two oil traders from Britain and Bulgaria with paying millions of dollars in secret kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime to secure oil deals.

Once again, we see the wheels of justice turning ever closer to the core of the corruption in UNSCAM by the use of subpoena power. While the Volcker inquiry has to rely on the goodwill of all involved to turn over the relevant information, the US does have a bit more leverage to get to the truth. And while Kofi Annan blathers about accountability and scolds the West for not putting more dollars into his hands, the truth is that Annan and his gang of thieves at the UN have managed to fleece starving and victimized people of their food and their dignity for over ten years and counting.

The AP does not make clear whether the UN officials involved in the indictment have been charged or are just unindicted co-conspirators. If it's the latter, it may mean that the two hold diplomatic immunity -- putting them very near Annan's inner circle, if not squarely within it. Perhaps Annan would then care to revisit that accountability about which he wrote in the New York Times this week? Probably not, if his track record gives any indication.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 15, 2005 6:23 AM

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