Former U.N. Oil-for-Food Chief Indicted
Wednesday, January 17, 2007; Page A13
The former executive director of the United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq was indicted yesterday by a Manhattan federal prosecutor for taking about $160,000 in bribes.
Benon V. Sevan of Cyprus is the third U.N. official to be charged with or convicted of crimes in a federal probe of corruption at the world body. Sevan had overseen a $64 billion program created in December 1996 to permit Iraq to sell oil to buy food and medicine and repay billions in war reparations over its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.