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Manhattan DA launches oil-for-food criminal investigation

[JURIST] Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau [Wikipedia profile] has announced a criminal investigation of former UN Oil-for-Food chief Benon Sevan [official profile]. According to a New York Sun report, Sevan is being investigated in connection with allegations of commercial bribery related to his role as executive director of the UN Oil-for-Food Program [JURIST news archive] for Iraq from 1997-2003. Last week, the UN Security Council agreed to turn over more documents [JURIST report] to the Independent Inquiry Committee [official website] investigating the scandal.

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