Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, March 16, 2005

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For IMMEDIATE Release

Hyde Comments on Indictments in Oil-for-Food Scandal 

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), chairman of the House International Relations Committee, commented today on indictments announced Thursday by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York against three U.S. oil company executives in connection with its ongoing investigation of the U.N. Oil for Food program: 

“Indictments handed down today against David Chalmers, John Irving, and Ludmil Dionissiev of Bayoil, as well as the compliant against Tongsun Park, illustrate once again the degree to which the Oil-for-Food program was so pervasively corrupted.  Worse yet, are allegations in the complaint against Mr. Park that he invested $1 million in a Canadian company owned by the son of a UN official, and allegations that he paid bribes to that official to influence him during the course of  Mr. Park’s role in negotiating the creation of the Oil-for-Food program.” 

“These disturbing indictments illustrate a continuing pattern of corruption that we have found in numerous instances involving the United Nations.  We will continue our investigation and follow it wherever it may lead.”

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