Evidence that may point to Wold Bank president Paul Wolfowitz acting i…

Evidence that may point to Wold Bank president Paul Wolfowitz acting improperly by helping his lover, Shaha Rizi, to a pay rise and a high-earning post in the US State Department, is likely to cost Wolfowitz his job.

Wolfowitz tried to cover his tracks after approving a promotion and substantial pay rise for his girlfriend, it has emerged.

Documents released by the bank’s ethics committee show that Mr Wolfowitz, controversially appointed to the World Bank from the Pentagon, where he was a leading architect of the Iraq war, tried to limit access to employee salary information after the bank launched an inquiry into the affair.

If it can be shown that Mr Wolfowitz acted improperly by helping his lover, Shaha Rizi, to a pay rise and a high-earning post in the US State Department, then he is expected to pay with his own job. This month, the bank ordered a committee to advise on Mr Wolfowitz’s future, and also to look into appointments of staff to his private office. Today, he is due to meet members of the inquiry committee.

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