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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Annan Surprised at Son's Illicit Dealings

UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was "very disappointed and surprised" that his son had continued to receive payments until this February from a firm that had a contract with Iraq's oil-for-food program, the subject of numerous corruption investigations.

Annan told reporters Monday that he had been working on the understanding that payments to his son, Kojo Annan, from the Swiss-based firm Cotecna Inspection SA stopped in 1998, "and I had not expected that the relationship continued."

But on Friday, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said Kojo Annan's lawyer had informed the independent panel appointed by the secretary-general to investigate allegations of corruption in the oil-for-food program that the younger Annan continued to receive monthly payments through February 2004.

The disclosure was the latest embarrassment for Kofi Annan and the United Nations over the oil-for-food humanitarian program.