Annan Fires First Official Over Oil-for-Food

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) fired a staffer for his role in the Oil-for-Food (search) scandal, a world body spokesman said Wednesday in the first dismissal stemming from alleged corruption in the multibillion-dollar program.

Joseph Stephanides (search), dismissed Tuesday, was the first U.N. official said to be fired in the wake of an independent probe into allegations of wrongdoing in the $64 billion program.

The United Nations had accused Stephanides, head of the U.N. Security Council Affairs Division, of interfering in the competitive bidding process for an Oil-for-Food contract.