The United Nations Security Council's Angola sanctions committee has decided to hire a corporate private investigator to trace cash used by Angola's UNITA rebels, Reuters reports. The committee wants to pay Kroll Associates, a New York-based company specializing in intelligence and security probes, $75,000 plus expenses for a 16-week probe into the rebels' guns-for-diamonds trade. The contract is awaiting approval from U.N. officials.
A U.N. report on Angola released last March accused government leaders, businesses and various diamonds and arms smugglers of helping UNITA continue a civil war. "The investigation is being done on Angola because what is needed in that situation is in-depth probing of the financial networks named in the initial report, to verify the allegations," a Security Council envoy told Reuters. If the contract is approved, Kroll Associates will attempt to uncover where UNITA hides its money. It must use legal methods to gather the data.
- by Julia M. Duncan