Kofi Annan´s son admits role in oil-for food scam - American critics say U.N. officials ´vampire-like´ in their fear of truth (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) 01/31/05 2:45 a.m. Eastern)
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Despite previous statements to the contrary, the son of U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan is now said to admit he did indeed play
a role in the scandalized oil-for-food program with Iraq, and that´s
prompting a call for his testimony before the U.S. Congress.
London´s Sunday Times reported Kojo Annan "admitted he was involved
in negotiations to sell millions of barrels of Iraqi oil under the
auspices of Saddam Hussein."
He purportedly told a friend he became involved in talks to sell the
oil to a Moroccan company in 2001, and is said to be cooperating now
with investigators delving into the program.
In December, Kojo Annan had issued a written statement to CNN,
denying any such dealings.
"I have never participated directly or indirectly in any business
related to the United Nations," his statement read.
In light of the disclosure, a California-based group leading the
effort to get the U.N. out of the United States is calling upon both
Kofi and Kojo Annan to testify before U.S. congressional
investigators regarding their roles in the oil-for-food scam.
"U.N. officials have become vampire-like in their fear of the light
of truth," said Melanie Morgan, co-chairman of Move America
Forward. "Well, it is time for them to stop running and hiding and
face accountability for their corruption and attempts to cover it
While Saddam Hussein was still in power, the oil-for-food program
allowed the Iraqi dictator to buy humanitarian supplies under
supervision of the U.N. It has since been revealed that corruption
was rampant within the program, as Saddam used its funds to purchase
influence with political leaders around the world.
According to the Times, it´s Kojo´s connections to Hani Yamani, the
son of Sheikh Yamani, the wealthy former Saudi oil minister who set
up OPEC, that are under scrutiny.
Yamani lined up a deal four years ago to sell some $60 million in
Iraqi oil to a Moroccan company, and Kojo is alleged to have traveled
to Morocco to help seal the deal.
"He was just trying to do Hani a favour," a friend of the younger
Annan told the Times. "Believe me, Kojo is as straight as they come.
In the end the deal never went through because Hani was trying to
make an unrealistic profit."
Another source, close to Yamani´s business Air Harbour Technologies,
told the paper: "Hani Yamani liked to surround himself with the great
and the good. Kojo was a very passive executive and I always thought
he basically lent his name to the firm. The Annan name obviously has
a certain presence when you are putting together deals in Africa."
Move America Forward has produced a series of television commercials,
to help spread the word about corruption at the U.N., and co-chairman
Howard Kaloogian says this revelation is telling to say the least.
"With each news cycle we learn that more and more of what we were
previously told by the U.N. is an ever-growing pile of false
statements and fabrications," said Kaloogian.
"The only way to get to the truth is to compel Kofi and Kojo Annan to
come clean about their oil-for-food dealings with U.S.
investigators." (© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 01/31/05)
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