Companion says she was forced into job transfer

first_imgRiza was moved to a high-paying job at the State Department in September 2005. “I have now been victimized for agreeing to an arrangement that I have objected to and that I did not believe from the outset was in my best interest,” she said. Her comments were made in a memo to an ad hoc committee of the World Bank looking into the circumstances surrounding her transfer. Wolfowitz has said he made a mistake and has apologized for his role in Riza’s promotion. The Bush administration expressed fresh support for Wolfowitz on Friday. Treasury Secretary Harry Paulson said the World Bank has a process in place to review the Wolfowitz matter, which he said should be allowed to proceed. “This should not be called into question or be read as any lessening of support for Paul.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The woman at the heart of the controversy that has embroiled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz says she is a victim and was forced into a job transfer because of their relationship. Shaha Riza’s comments are included in new documents released by the World Bank on Friday that also show Wolfowitz had a direct hand in arranging her promotion and generous pay package. Wolfowitz is fighting to retain his job. Riza said that at no time did she report directly to Wolfowitz and that he had proposed to recuse himself from any decisions involving her to avoid a potential conflict of interest. She said the ethics committee of the World Bank’s board had required her “to go on external assignment contrary to my wishes.” last_img read more