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Volcker Report: Annan Waives Official’s Immunity

‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Volcker Report, Annan Waives Official’s Immunity

Voicing deep concern over the latest report of the committee investigating the scandal-ridden Oil-for-Food Programme, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today he would waive immunity of two procurement officials implicated and expeditiously strengthen supervision and controls of the procurement process.

In a statement read at a press conference today at UN Headquarters in New York, Mark Malloch Brown, the Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet, said that Mr. Annan would waive immunity for the former Executive Director of the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, Benon Sevan.

Immunity for the second former official, Alexander Yakovlev, had been waived and Mr. Yakovlev was already in custody, Mr. Malloch Brown added.

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