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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 2– Sierra Leone's Mission to the United Nations has been sued for "posing an immediate danger [with] mold and vermin infestation." Inner City Press first reported the case on May 21 and it has since been picked up.

The Sierra Leonean Mission is at 245 East 49th Street, right near the United Nations which also poses dangers, in its impunity. June 2 Inner City Press live stream here.

Now later on June 2, the country's Foreign Minister David J. Francis has been served, at OAU Drive, Tower Hill, Freetown, Sierra Leone, all papers:

"I hereby certify under the penalties of perjury that on the 2nd day of June, 2021, I served: Permanent Mission of The Republic of Sierra Leone to The United Nations, c/o Foreign Minister David J. Francis, OAU Drive, Tower Hill, Freetown, Sierra Leone  the head of the ministry of foreign affairs, pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1608(a)(3). __1__ copy(ies) of the Notice of Suit, Summons, Compliant deemed filed May 14, 2021, Exhibits to the Complaint, Notice of Appearance for Rachel Maimin, Proposed Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause for Preliminary Injunction, Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs’ Ex Parte Application, Declaration of Janet Harvey & Matthew Bendix, Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, Order to Show Cause. by DHL EXPRESS 866 0446 163 Dated: New York, New York June 2, 2021 RUBY J. KRAJICK CLERK OF COURT /s/JaVonn Ross DEPUTY CLERK."

  After Inner City Press exclusively reported on this case, and was contacted by media in Sierra Leone, now the Foreign Ministry has issued a two page press release saying it has been directed to our media report, and calling it misleading and inaccurate.

 While unlike the even more corrupt UN of Antonio Guterres, who rather than respond to questions using UN Security to rough up and ban the Press that asks them, the Ministry has spoken, it does not stand up. Just consider the photos of how they left the site of their "Chancery."

And they do not specify what they say the US State Department did not do. (Inner City Press got answers from the State Department on May 27, here, but has not yet asked about this, since it didn't know of the Ministries response until May 28).

 The pickers-upper also note that Sierra Leone's government transferred some $3.2 million to their UN Mission in New York, including "5-Sep-19 FT1924808290 Outward Swift Payment 9,329,999,975.14," the spending of which remains unclear given the conditions of the "Chancery." There's also the IMF's March 15, 2021 OK-ing of $50.37 million to Sierra Leone under its Rapid Credit Facility. We aim to have more on this. Watch this site.

 Next door neighbors have sued the Mission in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which Inner City Press while banned from the UN by Antonio Guterres now covers daily.

  The complaint identifies Sierra Leonean diplomats' "failure to follow basic fire-prevention protocols... creating an opportunity for flying debris, fire and other dangers."  

The SDNY docket reflects that, of the complaint, "service was accept by Fatima (F/B 40-49 years old, 5'4" tall, 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes) who advised at the time of service that she is authorized to accept on behalf of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the UN." 

  On May 27, the SDNY's Deputy Clerk certified serving the country's foreign minister, pursuant to the Provisions of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, 28 USC 1608(a)(3).

 Inner City Press will be following this case, and others of impunity.

The case is Harvey et al. v. Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the UN, et al., 21-cv-4368 (Ramos)


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