Skip to comments.Witness: UN workers got prostitutes
Posted on 05/22/2007 9:34:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
NEW YORK - Discounted apartments and cash were given to a former United Nations procurement official and two other U.N. workers got nights with prostitutes to help secure $100 million in U.N. contracts, a businessman testified Tuesday at a bribery trial.
The witness, Nishan Kohli, provided many of the details at the heart of the government's case against Sanjaya Bahel, who was chief of the U.N.'s Commodity Procurement Section from 1999 to 2003. Bahel, 57, is charged with bribery, wire fraud and mail fraud.
Kohli testified in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that Bahel was so helpful to the Kohli family in securing about two dozen contracts that he was "effectively a partner in our companies in terms of how we operated and executed contracts."
He said Bahel met his father, Nanak Kohli, when the men worked in Washington, D.C., in the early 1980s and socialized with a group of people who had moved to the United States from India. The Kohli family had several businesses and looked to expand revenues by exploiting its relationship with Bahel, he said.
He said that Bahel spoke with his father frequently, and that to hide the frequency of the conversations from scrutiny, the family gave Bahel a cell phone.
Eventually, he said, the family gave Bahel a laptop computer, plane tickets, thousands of dollars in cash, subsidized rent on two luxury Manhattan apartments and "ultimately a very low-priced sale." In return, he said, Bahel told the Kohlis what contracts were about to open for bids and how to overcome bidding requirements that the Kohli companies did not appear to meet.
Kohli said he bribed two U.N. procurement officers by spending $6,000 one night to provide them with dinner, drinks, a strip club visit and a hotel room with prostitutes. He said he repeated the night for one of them a few more times, paying for a prostitute again on at least one of the occasions, and sometimes meeting the officer for dinner or drinks.
He did not name the officials.
Kohli, of Miami, pleaded guilty to bribery and agreed to testify against Bahel. In his opening statement, defense lawyer Richard Herman said that Kohli would lie to protect his father, brother and an uncle from prosecution.
Prosecutors said in court when the jury was not present that Kohli had used marijuana and cocaine. Defense lawyers told U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa that they want to question him about his drug use during a six-year period to possibly explain large cash withdrawals that he claimed were to pay Bahel cash bribes.
In 2003, Bahel left the procurement office to work as chief of the Commercial Activities Service in the U.N. Postal Administration. He was fired in December, a month after his arrest. He could face 30 years in prison if convicted.
In other news, the sun came up this morning....
The UN IS a prostitute!
Time was when hookers wouldn't go near UN workers.
They were all out of oil for food vouchers.. ;-)
I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you!!! Not at the corruption and bribery at the UN, but that the folks doing the bribing were overcharged. They could have had all that for about $3,200. They were ripped off.
Chief of the procurment section? Wonder if he looks a bit like this:
Heard of food stamps?
Oh, come on!
Do you really expect me to believe that anyone associated with an organization like the UN would be involved in corruption or other morally degenerate practice?
Help my sarcasm switch is stuck on Full Ahead
ANYONE associated with the UN NEEDS to be hanged. Shot. Beaten. And be given a very stern talking to.
Heard of food stamps?
Perfect! The UN is as corruptable a body of touchables as is our Congress.
Maybe it will keep the U N reps from raping 12 year old girls.
Sanjaya Bahel secretly helped a Florida friend secure lucrative contracts from 1999 to 2003.
She said the friend, Nishan Kohli, of Miami, agreed that his family’s businesses would kick back 10 percent of his profits to Bahel if he smoothed the way for them to win contacts to supply the United Nations with everything from laptop computers to engineers.
Seibel said Kohli provided Bahel a severely discounted Manhattan apartment, a laptop computer, plane tickets for him and his wife and a few thousand dollars stashed in envelopes every month or so.
In return, Bahel, 57, provided a “secret-fact channel” that included advance word of bidding opportunities, suggestions to make bids stronger and advice on how to improve their odds of winning, the prosecutor said.
Diplomats Hold Slaves - in U.S.
No more UN for US-list
If people want on or off this list, please let me know.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.