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After UN Bans Police, Abusive Staffer Summoned to 17th Precinct

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 13 -- Back in on February 22 when Inner City Press went to the UN-rented building at 380 Madison Avenue to see if alleged war criminal Sri Lanka general Shavendra Silva attended Ban Ki-moon's Senior Advisory Group on Peacekeeping Operations, it witnessed the NY Police Department being barred from entering the building to arrest a UN staffer.

  While Ban's spokesperson's office on March 1 and thereafter denied that the NYPD was at 380 Madison to arrest any UN staffer, based on a case of abuse filed by a female UN contractor, this was multiply confirmed to Inner City Press.

  Now there's this: the UN's Office of Human Resources Management has "found cause" in the female contractor's complaint, and has (merely) demoted the abuser from P5 to P4 level, but with the same job and salary.

  But on June 12 Inner City Press was reliably informed that the abuser, whose name we know but still do not publish, was called into the 17th Precinct on 51st Street to surrender to police, with his lawyer. Inner City Press went and staked it out, in the rain. (This, it was allowed to do, unlike the stakeout of Silva and the SAG in 380 Madison, from which the UN allowed the Sri Lanka Mission to use UN Security to eject Inner City Press.)

  So the NYPD was not allowed into the UN-rented building at 380 Madison Avenue in February, but finally the UN staff abuser was compelled to come out of the building and surrender to police. As we tweeted at the time, hat tip and credit "Update to months of #UN stonewalling about 380Madison, where #BanKiMoon's minders want no Press h/t"

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