19 July 2007 | Paul Snell
The United Nations has "charged" two more procurement officers in its ongoing corruption investigations.
Yesterday a spokesperson for secretary-general Ban Ki-moon confirmed two buyers at the organisation had been "charged following the investigations conducted by the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)". It did not state what the individuals had been charged with but went on to say they have been suspended and placed on special leave with pay.
The OIOS is scrutinising fraud and mismanagement concerning $1 billion (£500 million) of contracts, out of a total purchasing budget of just under $2 billion (£1 billion).
The UN said the suspensions were prompted by testimony provided in the trial of Sanjaya Bahel, a former UN purchaser. Bahel was convicted of procurement fraud by a New York court in June (Web news, 8 June).
The UN said it would not make any further comment on the case, including the names of those suspended, while the disciplinary process was ongoing.