"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."