Saturday, February 05, 2005

Would you trust these men with $64bn of your cash? Of course not Mark Steyn, brilliant as usual on Oil for Food.

At tough times in my life, with the landlord tossing my clothes and record collection out on to the street, I could have used an aunt like Benon Sevan's. Asked to account for the appearance in his bank account of a certain $160,000, Mr Sevan, executive director of the UN Oil-for-Food programme, said it was a gift from his aunt. Lucky Sevan, eh? None of my aunts ever had that much of the folding stuff on tap.

And nor, it seems, did Mr Sevan's. She lived in a modest two-room flat back in Cyprus and her own bank accounts gave no indication of spare six-figure sums. Nonetheless, if a respected UN diplomat says he got 160,000 bucks from Auntie, we'll just have to take his word for it. Paul Volcker's committee of investigation did plan to ask the old lady to confirm her nephew's version of events, but, before they could, she fell down an elevator shaft and died.

She FELL DOWN AN ELEVATOR SHAFT?!!! I wonder if he's kidding? Who the hell falls down an elevator shaft on the isle of Cyprus? Isn't that just a touch suspicious? I heard that the lady was dead but hadn't heard that.

UPDATE: Nope, he wasn't kidding. SHE FELL DOWN AN ELEVATOR SHAFT before she could be questioned. Jesus Christ, these guys are no different than the mafia. The old lady was a retired government photographer who lived in a two room cottage on Cyprus and she gives her nephew $160,000 right before she meets with an unfortunate accident. Yeah.


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