New document suggests Annan link to oil-for-food contract

[JURIST] A new memo may contradict previous denials by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that he played no role in the awarding of an oil contract in Iraq to a company his son worked for. Annan was cleared of any wrongdoing in March [UN press release] and rejected any possibility of resigning over that allegation or any other arising out of the Oil-for-Food scandal [JURIST news archive]. Annan has also denied recent claims [RTE News report] that he was aware that his son's company was in line for a contract. But a company memo [AP report] turned over to the UN committee investigating the Oil-for-Food Program says that Annan met privately with Michael R. Wilson, who worked with his son Kojo Annan at Cotecna [corporate website, press release PDF about oil-for-food] at a summit in Paris about a week before the contract was awarded. Annan says he has "no recollection" of the meeting. The New York Times has more.



 

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