Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Without a scorecard

You can't keep track of the players without a scorecard, and that's especially true with the ongoing investigation into the United Nation's scandal-ridden Oil For Food Program.

In her New York Sun article yesterday, Claudia Rosett adds another name to the tangled web of corruption: Fakhry Abdelnour.

Who?

Although Benon Sevon is still on the payroll (which means he's still supposedly protected from testifying by diplomatic immunity) as an "advisor," the UN stopped paying his legal fees when it was found that "Mr. Sevan, in soliciting lucrative oil allocations from Saddam's regime on behalf of a Panama-registered private company, African Middle East Petroleum, had engaged in "'a grave and continuing conflict of interest.'"

Senate investigators noted they had "acquired significant evidence" that rather than simply soliciting business from Saddam on behalf of AMEP, "Sevan himself was the recipient of the lucrative allocations" - receiving an amount that based on Iraqi documents the Senate subcommittee estimated at $1.2 million.
Sevon either solicited oil allocations from Saddam on AMEP's behalf or used them to launder the oil allocations he, himself, had been given. Maybe a little of both?

Fakhry Abdelnour owns AMEP.

His cousin is former UN secretary general Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

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