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As UN Policeman Stabs Liberian Counterpart, No Justice in Monrovia, No Comment in NY

Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press on the UN: News Analysis

LONDON, November 14 -- Two days after a UN Police officer from Jordan reportedly stabbed a member of the Liberian National Police force, the UN in New York said it hadn't heard of the report.

  But the UN Mission in Liberia, when subsequently queried by Inner City Press, provided a two-paragraph formal statement of concern about the report, saying it would investigate and inform the government of Liberia of the results. Not only would the UN Policeman be immune, however -- the incident at best shows that the UN in New York stays out of touch with bed news from the mission in the field.

  The UNMIL statement provided to Inner City Press by the Chief of UNMIL Radio is dated November 13 and states

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has learned with dismay of a case of alleged serious misconduct by a Jordanian Formed Police Unit (FPU) officer which occurred early in the morning of Wednesday 12 November. According to reports, the Jordanian FPU officer allegedly assaulted a Liberia National Police (LNP) officer following an argument. The LNP officer reportedly sustained serious injuries requiring treatment at the ELWA Hospital, after being struck on the head and the hand by a 'sharp instrument'. The LNP officer has now been released from the hospital.

Jordianians with UN in Africa, UNMIL stabbing not shown

UNMIL wishes to make clear that it takes very seriously all allegations of misconduct committed by any UNMIL staff member. UNMIL has informed the Liberian authorities that a full investigation of this incident is being conducted and the findings of the investigation will be shared with the Government of Liberia.

  Inner City Press had asked, and what is going to happen? The response does not mention that this UN Police Office would if the past is any guide enjoy immunity from any prosecution in Liberia. Would Jordan prosecute him?

Footnote: Ban Ki-moon's Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq, who a day after the UNMIL press release said that he hadn't seen it, also said on Friday that Ban will be in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday, ostensibly only meeting with Special Representatives of the Secretary General like UNMIL's Loj. Haq did not mention Spain's boast that Ban will be there in celebration of Spain's use of $25 million, including aid funds, for s stalactite-draped ceiling in the name of human rights. Click here for that.

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