||[Jun. 14th, 2005|04:10 pm]
Grand Old Party News
E-Mail Contradicts Annan on Oil-for-Food|
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
NEW YORK — U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan faces new questions over whether he lied to independent investigators probing the scandal-scarred Oil-for-Food program. Those investigators said Tuesday they were "urgently reviewing" fresh evidence.
That evidence, obtained by FOX News, appears to contradict Annan's claim that he knew nothing about the awarding of a major Oil-for-Food contract to a company that employed his son.
Kojo Annan worked for Cotecna Inspection Services, a Swiss firm which won one of the most lucrative contracts in the multi-billion-dollar program.
One of Kojo Annan's supervisors there was a man named Michael Wilson, a lifelong friend of Kofi Annan.
The secretary-general has consistently denied ever discussing the Cotecna contract with any of the company's executives.
"I have no involvement with granting of contracts either on this Cotecna one or others," Kofi Annan said in November.
But Cotecna has given a new document to investigators with the Independent Inquiry Committee, the U.N.-approved panel headed by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker charged with looking into corruption associated with the Oil-for-Food program.
The document is an e-mail from Wilson, the old Annan family friend, to other executives at Cotecna describing a meeting in Paris just weeks before the Oil-for-Food contract was awarded.
Big Shocker. Kofi Annan probably participated in the Oil for Food scandal. I'm not surprised. I just wish we coudl have fried him sooner.