Melkert: Wolfowitz didn't tell truth

2nd May 2007, Comments 0 comments

2 May 2007, AMSTERDAM - Paul Wolfowitz did not speak the truth at a hearing on Monday when he said that the ethical committee at the World Bank had advised him to give girlfriend Shaha Riza a promotion.

2 May 2007

AMSTERDAM - Paul Wolfowitz did not speak the truth at a hearing on Monday when he said that the ethical committee at the World Bank had advised him to give girlfriend Shaha Riza a promotion.

"Wolfowitz certainly did not tell the truth," Ad Melkert, chairman of the ethical committee at the World Bank at the time, said on television programme NOVA on Tuesday.

"We are said to have approved the remarkable pay package for Ms Riza and that was not at all the case," Melkert said. Riza had to be transferred because she was in a relationship with Wolfowitz when he was appointed president of the bank. The promotion was justified in order to compensate for this disruption of her career, Melkert said.

"The promotion was processed according to our recommendation. But we did not get involved with the exact terms and conditions under which the promotion took effect," said Melkert, former Labour party PvdA leader and social affairs minister. But Wolfowitz gave his girlfriend a higher promotion than recommended and an excessively high salary.

Melkert refrained from comment on whether Wolfowitz should resign.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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