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Judge extends TRO on release of taken Oil-for-Food inquiry documents

[JURIST] A US federal court judge Tuesday renewed for a fouth time a restraining order [JURIST report] prohibiting former UN Oil-for Food Independent Committee Inquiry [IIC website] investigator Robert Parton from releasing confidential documents to the two US congressional committees that had subpoenaed the documents [JURIST report]. Parton took the boxes of documents after resigning from the inquiry committee [JURIST report] in April because he felt it was not sufficiently investigating UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's responsibility for problems with the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website]. Inquiry Committee head and former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker [Wikipedia profile] filed suit on behalf of the UN saying that Parton violated a confidentiality agreement and the document's release may harm the inquiry's investigation. Reuters has more.

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