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ICP Asks UN If Ban Knew Yan Paid for Reception, Who Waives PGA Immunity?

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive series

UNITED NATIONS, October 28 -- While the UN has been extensively corrupted by Ng Lap Seng and his Sun Kian Ip Foundation and South South News and South South Awards, his proposed Macau convention center and the South South event held in Macau in late August 2015 provide a snapshot which the UN has yet to explain, despite Inner City Press asking again on October 28, below.

On October 28 Inner City Press asked Ban Ki-moon's spokesman Stephane Dujarric about a portion of the FBI's charge sheet against John Ashe -- did Ban know that now-indicted Sheri Yan was paying for a reception in September 2013? There are more receptions we are looking into -- and who, if anyone, can waive the immunity of a President of the UN General Assembly. Video here; from the transcript:

Inner City Press: this is about the John Ashe case.  One, in the charge sheet, which is now nearly a month old.  I'm sure you've read it now or seen it.  There's a segment in it in which John Ashe, it is said, that on September 4th, 2013, he was emailing to Ms. Yan, who's indicted, Ms. Piao, who's still waiting to be… detained but not yet indicted, about a reception.  And he said, "Although the Secretary-General's office had asked Ashe to pay for the reception in its entirety, Ashe told Yan and Piao that he warmly welcomed your generous offer to pay half the cost for this reception."  So the question has arisen whether the "he" in this sentence… and I don't ask you to parse what was written by the FBI but to ask you to know or find out… did the Secretary-General have knowledge that Sheri Yan and the Global Sustainability Foundation were paying for this reception?  Who is it that warmly welcomed it?

Spokesman:  I think… as you said, I can't speak for the writings of an FBI agent.  What I can tell you is that the Secretary-General has asked for an audit to look at the relationship, financial and otherwise, between the two… the foundations and various parts of the Secretariat.  So I imagine all of that will be covered by that.

Inner City Press:  Sure, but he doesn't need to audit his own understanding.  I guess I'm just asking you… I know he's travelling.  But it's very simple…  Did he know who was paying for it?

Spokesman:  If I have something else to add, I will.

Inner City Press:  The other one it's arisen because as the case goes forward, obviously, the immunity, the state of immunity of Mr. [Francis] Lorenzo and Mr. Ashe is a big issue.  So it's said that in oil for food, for example, the UN waived the immunity of UN staff because it was a criminal case, and countries are free to waive the immunity of their diplomats.  So the question is, for the actions of Mr. Ashe while he was PGA [President of the General Assembly] and Antigua Barbuda couldn't waive immunity, I wanted to know, who can?  Can the…?

Spokesman:  As you know, the President of the General Assembly is not a staff member.

Inner City Press:  Sure.

Spokesman:  It is not up to the Secretary-General to waive his immunity.  That is something between the Government to which the… the country of which he's a citizen and the United States.

Question:  But is… I guess what I'm saying is the immunity of a PGA not based on being PGA?  Isn't that an office that carries its own immunity…?

Spokesman:  It is not under the authority of the Secretary-General.

Inner City Press:  But, does OLA [Office of Legal Affairs] know… is there a person in this building or now in China, actually, that has absolute immunity, i.e.… because he's not operating under his country.  Mr.… for example, Mr. [Mogens] Lykketoft is not currently a diplomat of Denmark, so it's not up to Denmark to waive his immunity.  Who covers…?

Spokesman:  This is not an issue for the Secretary-General.

 Why not? Note that even where a UN PGA begins as a representative of his or her country's government, that government can change, as was the case for John Ashe, about whom we'll have more.


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