"Now the rainbow is gone"

It is said that good things come to those who wait. That is, unless you are a minor UN official who waited too long before retiring to a non-extraditing country:

A former U.N. procurement officer apparently has been arrested in connection with allegations he solicited bribes from companies seeking oil-for-food contracts, an aide to Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Monday.

U.N. officials lifted Alexander Yakovlev's diplomatic immunity at the request of a U.S. prosecutor in New York, and "we believe Mr. Yakovlev is already in custody," Mark Malloch Brown, Annan's chief of staff, told reporters.

And as for Sevan:

The committee concluded the money was funneled to Sevan through an oil-for-food contractor, African Middle East Petroleum.

One of the company's partners, Fred Nadler, made a series of cash withdrawals during the period in question from a Swiss bank account, and there was "a high degree of correlation" between those withdrawals and deposits of $100 bills made days later in accounts held by Sevan and his wife in New York, the report concluded.

The withdrawals were made in amounts of less than $10,000 -- meaning the transactions would not have to be reported to authorities.

The committee found Sevan's explanation for the deposits -- that he received the money from his late aunt -- "not credible."

22:20 Gepost door GMT +1/+2 (c) 2006 The dog --- WHAT'S YOUR OPINION? / WAT IS UW GEDACHT? | Permalink | Commentaren (4) |  Facebook |


Writers block? Or just on holiday? It can happen to anyone of us ;-)

Gepost door: VH | 14-08-05

titel hier Let's call it a "seasonal hiatus". Anyway,I'll post a picture of a[n] SFM presently.

Gepost door: dof | 14-08-05

writer's block Yeah, it can be tough. I need to go on vacation. I feel worn out. Three more weeks, and then off to Poland. Tatra mountains.

VH, for some time now I'm unable to post comments. When I open up the comments window, there's a large white rectangle.

Gepost door: The Outlaw Michael Cosyns | 15-08-05

LVB caught it too. Well life can be complicated and blogging is always the last priority. I noticed Luc is a bit quiet too. Would he finally have a girlfriend? :-p
Well Im just playing with Wordpress on my new domain, fleyeing.com - and I ordered a new 8MP digital cam. And I need to redo the plumbing of my kitchen. And get my divorce settled finally. And I'm also off to the Phils in a month from now.

Gepost door: VH | 18-08-05

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