Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman
CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, March 15, 2005
For IMMEDIATE Release
to Fraud in UN Oil for Food Program
Former UN employee set to testify Thursday about his work in Iraq;
Officials with UN inspection firms in Iraq also to testify
BACKGROUND: Dr. Rehan Mullick served as a research officer in the United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator (UNOHCI) based in Baghdad from 2000-2001, during the height of the corruption that occurred in the Oil-for-Food program. His story was featured in a lengthy profile published in the March 12th edition of the National Journal. During his two years working in Iraq for the UN-Iraq he repeatedly warned his supervisors in Baghdad and later in New York that the UN had no way to properly measure success of the delivery of humanitarian goods, and most importantly, that Saddam Hussein was diverting the goods to other uses, including for the Iraqi military. Dr. Mullick also warned senior UN officials that Iraqi intelligence had penetrated the UNOHCI office. Despite his impassioned pleas, he was repeatedly demoted until his job was finally terminated by the United Nations in 2001.
WHAT: Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: The UN Oil-for-Food Program: The Cotecna and Saybolt Inspection Firms
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations,
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman
WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2005
WHERE: Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
WITNESSES: Dr. Rehan Mullick, former research officer in the United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator (UNOHCI), based in Baghdad from 2000-2001; John Denson, General Counsel, Saybolt Group; and Evelyn Suarez, Williams & Mullen, Attorney representing Cotecna S.A.
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