Urbin Report

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Meanwhile, at the UN...

UNSCAM is still going strong.

PARIS (AP) - France's former U.N. ambassador has been taken into custody as part of an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in the Iraq oil-for-food program, judicial officials said Tuesday.

Jean-Bernard Merimee, 68, who also was ambassador to Italy from 1995-98 and to Australia in the 1980s, is suspected of having received kickbacks in the form of oil allocations from the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. He was also a special adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 1999 to 2002.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Update:
Slowly but surely, the investigative circle grows closer to Kofi Annan.

Monday, the former French ambassador to the United Nations, Jean-Bernard Merimee, was arrested in Paris on suspicion of having taken kickbacks from Saddam Hussein in the form of vouchers from the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food program.

From 1999 to 2002, Merimee was Secretary-General Annan's special assistant for European affairs. And there's a possible Oil-for-Food connection to Annan's son, Kojo, and brother, Kobina — themselves under investigation for their alleged involvement in the program.