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The UN's oil-for-food scandal
Rolling up the culprits
America's legal authorities (but not many others) are still clearing debris from the UN programme that an ingenious Saddam Hussein turned to his own advantage
Mar 13th 2008 | From the print edition
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..“THE biggest financial scandal ever.” That is what one American senator called the shenanigans over the UN's oil-for-food programme. Designed to soften the impact of UN sanctions on the Iraqi people by allowing the supervised sale of some Iraqi oil, it ended up enabling Saddam Hussein to haul in lots of money and enriching many other shady types. The affair threatened to discredit the whole United Nations system and almost brought down Kofi Annan, its then boss. Even now, the scandal is quietly claiming victims, though in a lot of places it seems to have vanished mysteriously from the radar.
In its final report in October 2005, a committee of inquiry, headed by Paul Volcker, a former chairman of America's Federal Reserve, found that 2,253 firms, many of them household names, had made illegal payments totalling $1.8 billion to the Saddam regime.
That was not quite the world-beating scam claimed by some: the diversion of less than 2% of the value of transactions amounting to nearly $100 billion ($64 billion in oil sales, and humanitarian purchases worth $35 billion) looks almost squeaky-clean by the commercial standards of some energy-rich states. But it was a blot on an arrangement in which every cent was supposed to be monitored. And the Volcker panel's access to ministry files in post-war Iraq threw light on many deals that were meant to stay secret
The UN's oil-for-food scandal: Rolling up the culprits | The Economist
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