World Bank retaliates against Parliamentary Whistleblower

World Bank retaliates against Parliamentary Whistleblower

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

British Government Support

Letter from Ambassador Cantor

34 Baghramyan Avenue,
Yerevan 375019
Tel: 374 (10) 26-43-01
Fax: 374 (10) 26-43-18


29 May 2007

Ms Suzanne Folsom
Department of Institutional Integrity (INT)
The World Bank

1818 H Street NW, MC8-754
Washington DC 20433

Dear Ms Folsom

I am writing to draw your attention to a case being investigated by INT, in response to a claim by a British national, Mr Bruce Tasker, whose legal counsel is the Government Accountability Project (GAP) of the USA.

Mr Tasker has been involved in development projects in Armenia for a number of years and also worked for a Parliamentary Commission which reported allegations of corruption in World Bank projects in Armenia. As INT has been aware of his case since June 2004, and the details are comprehensively documented, I hope that your enquiries can be concluded expeditiously in order to bring this matter to a timely and appropriate conclusion.

Yours sincerely

Anthony Cantor

Message from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Ms. Joanna Kuenssberg

Business Team Leader
Sustainable Development and Business Group
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
tel: +44 (0)20 7008 2682
fax: +44 (0)20 7008 3905

22nd June 2007

Dear Mr Tasker

The Serious Fraud Office is the British law enforcement agency responsible for vetting all allegations of corruption against UK nationals and UK companies in relation to Part 12 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act of 2001. The SFO is assessing the material to decide what further investigative action might be taken..................................


Jo Kuenssberg