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Monday, August 08, 2005 

The Usual Suspects (UN Shakedown)

NEW YORK — One of the targets of the Oil-for-Food investigation, Alexander Yakovlev (search), on Monday pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering charges for taking bribes during his work at the United Nations (Fox News)

A Quick Line-up of, as they used say, “The Usual Suspects

Kofi Annan: The U.N. secretary-general is near the center of the Oil-for-Food investigation because of his role leading the world body

Benon Sevan: The former head of the Office of the Iraq Programme who was in charge of overseeing the Oil-for-Food program

Kojo Annan: The son of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Kojo Annan used to work for the Swiss-based company, Cotecna, which is also at the center of the Oil-for-Food probe for its oversight of Iraq's humanitarian contracts.

Jacques Chirac: The president of France, was a staunch opponent of the U.S.-led war in Iraq. He is of interest to Oil-for-Food investigators because of suggestions that French businessmen and politicians with close ties to Chirac may have received bribes from Saddam

Now, why would anyone in the US have reason to question the UN?.