Thursday, June 02, 2005
Oil For Food: A head rolls
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has sacked a senior official accused of serious misconduct over Iraq's oil-for-food programme.
Joseph Stephanides, who is alleged to have steered a lucrative contract to a British firm, is the first UN employee sacked over the scandal.
Mr Annan concluded that Mr Stephanides, of Cyprus, had breached UN staff procurement rules, a spokesman said.
Mr Stephanides, 59, rejected the charges and said he planned to appeal.
Although Stephanides had been implicated back in February
, Smilin' Norm Coleman has never made him a target of his UN-quisition.