Melkert involved in World Bank scandal

17th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – Former Labour party PvdA politician Ad Melkert turns out to have been involved behind the scenes in the scandal at the World Bank.

17 April 2007


AMSTERDAM – Former Labour party PvdA politician Ad Melkert turns out to have been involved behind the scenes in the scandal at the World Bank.

PvdA Minister Bert Koenders (development aid) recently said it was scandalous that Riza had received special treatment.

Wolfowitz has been under great pressure to resign since the revelation that he gave his girlfriend Riza a promotion and a hefty salary increase.

The World Bank has released documents however indicating that Melkert had given the instruction for Riza's change of position while he served as chairman of the ethical committee at the World Bank.

Wolfowitz was appointed director of the World Bank in 2005. His girlfriend was already working there and was on the verge of promotion.

The director reported this, upon which the ethnical committee, led by Melkert, decided that Riza should be transferred. Relationships between workers in senior positions at the bank are not permitted because of possible conflicts of interest.

Wolfowitz made sure at the time, with Melkert's support, that Shaha Riza secured a good job at the state department.

Melkert's spokesperson said just last week in the Financial Times that Melkert was neither aware of the details of the agreement nor gave his approval.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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