Outrage of the Day: U.S. To Pay Legal Bills of U.N. Official It Seeks to Prosecute

The United Nations has agreed to pay the legal fees of Benon Sevan, former head of the U.N.’s scandal-ridden Iraq Oil-for Food program.

Sevan has been charged in the United States with bribery and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, but has been hiding in Cyprus.

Because the United States pays approximately one quarter of the United Nations’ expenses, about 25 percent of Sevan’s legal fees will be paid by American taxpayers.

For more information, see: Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. and Steven Groves, “Oil-for-Food Revisited: The U.N. Should Not Pay Benon Sevan’s Legal Fees,” The Heritage Foundation, February 24, 2009.


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