20 September, 2018

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UN Corruption Files: UN Paid US$ 1.6 Million To “Ghost” Companies In Sri Lanka

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

Documents obtained by The Colombo Telegraph show how United Nations funds were paid to three Sri Lankan companies which were physically not contactable.  US$ 1.57 million ( Approximately RS 167,000,000.00 – valuation 2008) was paid to supply companies which the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations could not contact. According to FAO Country Representative Patrick T. Evans’ own files, which were obtained by The Colombo Telegraph, he wrote, “ I came to learn that we have problems with some of our seeds supply companies – we can’t locate them – both addresses and phone numbers do not appear to be real.”

The FAO in Sri Lanka purchased project deliveries for the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka to a value exceeding US$ 1.5 million from three suppliers, namely, Dev Trades, A. F. Associates and YCO Farm. These suppliers could not be found in their given registered addresses and were not present at the given addresses. Two FAO staff members Ms. Niranjala Gunaraj, Finance Assistant, and Mr. Thevarajah Vaigunthan, National Project Officer, both attached to the FAO Emergency Unit, collected the payments on behalf these three companies.

According to UN files, whistleblowers within the organisation kept raising these irregularities from 2007 onwards, but no action was taken until the end of 2008. In 2008, an inquiry was initiated through FAO Headquarters Audit Department, where three officials, namely, Ms. Maria Carbone, Ms. Georgina Costello and Mr. Dennis Richards came to Sri Lanka to conduct the inquiry.

According to our investigations, the evidence was clear, but the Assistant FAO Representative (Administration), Dihan Hettige, encouraged FAO headquarters to bury this incident. We wrote to Patrick Evans and Dihan Hettige, asking what happened to the inquiry findings. They have failed to reply to our enquiries so far.

Another leaked 50 page document by the UN’s Chief Investigator, Inga Britt Ahlenius, dated 14 July 2010 and entitled “End of Assignment Report”  trashes Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on accountability and transparency, largely deservedly. The UN’s Chief Investigator wrote, “Is the United Nations now on the right path, more transparent, more accountable? I address this question under four main headlines: Transparency, Accountability, Oversight and Management of Reforms.  My conclusion and answer follows from my detailed review of certain core aspects of the Organisation. In spite of all your good intentions pronounced in these respects, my answer to this question is regrettably: NO…

And at the end of my report I summarize my observations: there is no transparency, there is lack of accountability. Rather than supporting the internal oversight which is the sign of strong leadership and good governance, you have strived to control it which is to undermine its position. I do not see any signs of reforms in the organization.”

So, this is the level of UN transparency and accountability. We are awaiting the UN’s response with regard to this particular US$ 1.6 fraud in Sri Lanka.We want UN to publish the investigation report. If there is no satisfactory response, we will publish our own findings and the FAO Country Representative’s files unilaterally.

uvindu@journalist.com

We give below the one relevant document form UN corruption files;

 

 

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    The UN is corrupt to its core even from Kofi Annan’s time, Ban Ki Moon or whoever is going to come again is no exception, it is full of Zionist criminals and rogues and it will remain so forever, in this case here Neranjala and Vaikuntan without a doubt are the criminals from the very name itself it is clear their LTTE roots, without writing stories get these beasts and eliminate them. Govt. of Sri Lanka, should monitor the activities of these UN based rogue organizations so you don’t have to make such a hue and cry if you keep an eye and control the cash flow.

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    UN personal enjoy full benefits and live lavishly spending peoples money,which is for various projects in various countries.There are many UN guys in many countries,who are seen at the 5 and 7 star hotels every evenings,in expensive suits,specially tailored for them in Hong Kong at staggering prices.Even shirts and special neck ties are ordered from Hong Kong by mail,through local agents and or travelling salesmen from Hong Kong. The amount they spend on alcohol and dinners in one night is astronomic.This amount could feed some families in poor countries for a full month.Not to mention the luxury cars and the SUVs given to them by the UN.Is not the head of the UN responsible for this waste?

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      The UN paymaster is the USA and they will dance to their tune any time!

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    Tiger Tamil terrorist welfare at UN expense!

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    The FAO website says:
    “FAO mobilizes and manages millions of dollars provided by industrialized countries, development banks and other sources to make sure the projects achieve their goals.”
    CAN FAO WALK THE TALK???????????

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    Uvindu, I wont be surprised if UN offers you $$$ to bury this story. Leave a side FAO country representative who is a non Sri Lankan. But what about the Sri Lankans involved in this fraud? Why not GOSL investigate if FAO has covered up possible terrorist funding?
    If you can find out more details and background of Thevaraja, Nirtanjala and Hettige, please publish! It is disappointed note that a single Sri Lankan UN staffer worked in the FAO did not protest against this. If they were under intimidation, they would have confidentially informed. How can UN and USA question on accountability, transparency and human rights of GOSL when they can’t practice what they preach.

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      The Govt. of Sri Lanka its your chance to show the world what the UN is made of.
      Hats of to you Uvindu for exposing the corruption in the Sri Lanka’s UN!

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    Wow, that’s what I was looking for, what a information! existing here at this website,

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    USA paid Tamil tigers for nothing see all them are Vanni Tiger terrorists activists.

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    un must get rid of this raja kudu family and restore law and order in our country without talking bull sheet about war crimes, real crime now is this raja hora and his corrupt samagama.

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    UN has done so much work in the country from the time Sri Lanka joined the UN. Look how they came into our assistance during Tsunami and through out the war and still doing a lot of work around the country. It is not fair to highlight an isolated internal incident and tarnish the image.

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      Is it not the corrupt UN officials who tarnish the good name of the UN by involving themselves in fraudulent activities? Shouldn’t the member countries of the UN hold such organizations responsible and prosecute the culprits?

      Please read teh article and get your facts correct, Shame shame!!!!

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    FAO STAFF MEMBER WHO FOUND THIS SCANDAL AND QUESTIONED LOST HER JOB AND ANOTHER STAFF MEMBER WHO LEFT FAO AFTER THIS CORRUPTION SCANDAL LOST HIS JOB AT ANOTHER UN ORGANISATION AFTER MR DIHAN HETTIGE FABRICATED FALSE REPORT AND SENDING TO THAT UN ORGANISATION.ANOTHER DRIVE WHO REFUSED DIHAN HETTIGE’S DIRTY WORK IS PARALYSED AS HE WAS BEATEN BY [Edited out] THUGS.
    SO DONT THINK FAO STAFF NOT PROTESTING BUT THEY ARE HELPLESS IN THIS MATTER.

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    There is another one in FAO. Prasad Dilrukshana….. Please find his stories……

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    Lets support Mr. Wimal Weerawansha’s anti UN and Yankee Policies. Hip hip hurrey……..!!!!!!! Wimal is the Great Hero of this country. Dare to Challenge Yankee Government…..

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    Banki Moon, Monkey Moon…. Just tell Americans to mind their own business. Navi Pilley is a bloddy tiger. Noone can remember how tigers killed innocent people in this country

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