Staffer Found With Child
Porn, No Answers on Supervisors' Role, UNMIS or Cote d'Ivoire, Gun-slinger
Retained in Nairobi
Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
UNITED NATIONS, April 21
-- A long-time UN staff member was arrested for child
pornography at Canadian customs on April 9. When Inner
City Press asked the UN
about it on April 21, Deputy Spokesperson Marie Okabe said that the UN's Mr. Jose Antonio "Ortega
was on a personal trip and left on Thursday, 9 April, for Canada. He was expected to be back in the office on
13 April but did not show up."
As reported in
the Canadian press, "portable memory devices
found in his backpack contained more than 800 images of hard-core child
pornography, some involving a girl who appeared to be about five years
Ortega Osona expects to lose his job as a demographer with the UN's
division because of the convictions, defense lawyer Geoff Newton said.
jail sentence he gets pales in comparison to the effects this will have
life,' Mr. Newton said."
But if the UN's refusal to oust or reassign
Alexander Barabanov, a
Russian staff member at the UN in Nairobi who insulted local
carried an unlicensed gun, or its reportedly kid-gloves treatment of
officials involved in a pornography ring are any guide, Mr. Ortega will
necessary "lose his job."
Tuesday noon briefing, Inner City Press also asked, video here
Press: In terms of seriousness, there is a
that the Head of Operations of the UN Centre in Nairobi, Alexander
who was found by Kenya to have an illegal weapon, is still serving the
UN. A series of letters has been sent to
Kane and OLA
trying to get authority to discontinue his service to the
to the illegal gun. Is he still in service, and if so, why?
Spokesperson: I don’t have any
information on that. I have to look into that for you.
twelve hours after that statement, no further
information has been
provided. Some now say that Anna
Tibaijuka's demotion at the UN in Nairobi in favor of Achim Steiner
may have been related to her persistence in trying to hold Mr.
Barabanov accountable. We aim to have more on this.
UN on screen in Canada, child porn arrest(s) not
Tuesday's noon briefing, Ms. Okabe claimed that there was
no substantive difference in having cancelled
the previous days' Q&A
session, because we "took your questions in our Office and we
your questions like we normally
do." That is, responded only partially,
and to some questions, not at all.
UN: blue passport, blue movies, carte blanche
the afternoon on Tuesday, since
Ms. Okabe limited questioning by saying, "only one more question"
even though the previous day's briefing had been cancelled and there
was no one
else waiting for the room, Inner City Press submitted these questions
writing, none of which have been responded to ten hours later:
your question on sri
lanka - follow-up, incl. on Sudan, Nairobi (2), Cote d'Ivoire,
From: Inner City Press
To: Deputy Spokesperson, Associate Spokesperson, Spokesperson for OCHA
Sent: 4/21/2009 2:05:11 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
In a message dated 4/21/2009 1:19:19 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
unspokesperson-donotreply [at] un.org writes:
We have raised the issue of staff in IDP camps with the GoSL since at
February. --Stephanie Bunker
comment on / respond to the following public statements
by the GoSL:
"The Government has received a letter from the United Nations resident
humanitarian coordinator Neil Buhne requesting movement for UN staff in
camps in Vavuniya, Resettlement Minister Rishad Baduideen said
received the letter on Wednesday evening and it was from Neil Buhne,”
Baduideen said. .. Minister Baduideen said he had not received a letter
the UN and unless they receive a formal complaint that they cannot look
it, and as and when they do they will discuss it with the military
So are you saying that the UN's raising of the issue since Feb
informal? To whom was it raised, given the above? And what is the
I have been told
that a (South) Sudan paragraph was sent to me, but I have not found it.
send. And (2) what is the UN's response to
the March attacks by a joint team of
different U.N. agencies... called for UNMIS to
increase patrols in the area and to increase support to local officials
to improve the dire security situation."
(3) What is
the UN's response to the Forces Nouvelle in Cote d'Ivoire saying
withdraw from the peace process if elections are not held in 2009?
to the UN, when
will elections be held?
(4a) The name of
the administrative officer in UN - Nairobi I asked about is Alexander
Barabanov, director of administrative services.
on the UN Security
officer killed in his home in Kenya, please state whether the UN has
inkling if it had anything to do with his service at/to the UN, or that
nothing to do with it.
(5a) The child
porn guilty plea, on which I am asking for updates on what the UN does,
"Jose Antonio Ortega Osona, 40, a Spanish citizen who lives in New
pleaded guilty Friday in Dartmouth provincial court to a Criminal Code
of possessing child pornography and a Customs Act charge of smuggling
now, a simple factual question best answered in this format / medium:
please confirm or
deny that there are several senior DSS / SSS officers at UNHQ in NY who
received letters of reprimand for pornography, and explain any
of treatment from that accorded on the same charges to a
level staff member. To ensure your answer, I suggest you ask OHRM,
The context of this last still-unanswered question
is the UN's show of
discipline against a lower level UN purveyor of pornography, while the
underlying investigative report made it clear that many more people, at
levels, were and are implicated. Click here for Inner City Press'
December 18, 2008 report, " Suspended UN
Pornographer Opposed Gays, Liked
Dogs, As Higher Ups Escape."
Now, sources in
the Department of Safety
and Security complain more loudly of and name supervisors who have been
informed they are under investigation or found to be involved in
but nothing has happened to them. Several were part of the "scam
promotions" imbroglio exposed by an intra-DSS memo leaked to and
published by Inner City Press, click here
for that. Some say a wave of disciplinary actions might
soon begin. Watch this site.
for an Inner City Press YouTube channel video, mostly UN Headquarters
footage, about civilian
in Sri Lanka.
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