Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman
CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, January 18, 2005
For IMMEDIATE Release
Hyde Remarks on
of American in Oil-for-Food Scandal
(WASHINGTON) Ė U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Chairman of the House
International Relations Committee, commented Tuesday on the plea bargain and
conviction of Samir Vincent, a U.S. citizen, implicated in criminal activity in
the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program:
Todayís conviction of Mr. Vincent illustrates how seriously the United States regards those criminals drawn to the corrupt U.N. program, and the commitment by the Department of Justice to prosecute the guilty.
Todayís conviction provides fresh evidence of criminal efforts to undermine international sanctions targeting Saddam Husseinís corrupt regime. Mr. Vincentís plea agreement includes references to his efforts to lobby U.N. and U.S. officials for a weakening of Iraqi sanctions, a matter of urgent and grave concern to this Committee.
The U.N., and member governments whose citizens are also implicated in crimes, must demonstrate a comparable resolve to expose the ugly truth about corruption and mismanagement of the program.
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