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Former head of Oil-for-Food program resigns from UN ahead of report

[JURIST] Benon Sevan [UN profile], the former head of the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website], resigned from his current honorary position at the UN Sunday one day before an independent panel [Independent Inquiry Committee website] investigating corruption charges and program irregularities was due to present a new report on its findings. In a letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Sevan, who has denied earlier panel allegations that he received cash and oil allocations, said "I fully understand the pressure you are under [...] but sacrificing me for political expediency will never appease our critics or help you or the Organization." BBC News has more.

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