UN buyer convicted for bribery and fraud

7 June 2007
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08 June 2007 | Paul Snell

A former UN purchaser charged with bribery and procurement fraud has been found guilty by a US court.

Sanjaya Bahel was convicted by a New York court yesterday. He had been suspended from the UN since August last year.

An 86-page report into Bahel's actions, provided to the court by the UN's Procurement Task Force, helped lead to the conviction.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said in a statement he was happy justice had been done. He said he supported the work by the US attorney's office in bringing Bahel to justice.

The secretary general added the UN remained committed to pursuing any fraud or wrongdoing within the organisation, and expected buyers and suppliers to behave with integrity.


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