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Annan Questioned In Oil-For-Food Probe

Annan was questioned yesterday for the third time (file photo) 26 January 2005 -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been questioned for a third time by the commission investigating allegations of widespread abuses in the Iraq oil-for-food program.

UN spokesman Fred Eckhard early today said Annan met yesterday for 90 minutes with Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve who the UN chief appointed to investigate the $67 billion program.

Eckhard gave no details of the questioning, but suggested it was routine. He said Annan will likely be questioned again by Volcker.

Investigators are looking into allegations that program administrators took bribes and allowed Saddam Hussein to collect money from the program, which was set up in 1996 to allow Iraq to sell oil to purchase humanitarian goods under UN sanctions.

Volcker is due to give a preliminary report in the coming weeks.