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NYPD Confirms to ICP Arrest of UN Staffer Joshi for Sex Abuse in Keats

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, June 13 -- Since February 22, Inner City Press has covered the sexual abuse complaint of a female UN contractor against a UN staffer. The UN delayed its review, and Ban Ki-moon's spokespeople denied question after question by Inner City Press.

  But on June 12 Inner City Press was reliably informed that the abuser, whose name we knew throughout, 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. Later, Inner City Press obtained the file number: 2011-017-3670.

  And now, NYPD spokesman Lt. John Grimpel told Inner City Press that yes, he was arrested on June 12 for a complaint filed in October 2011 of sex abuse in the Keats bar at 842 Second Avenue. And now, after having withheld the name since we first reported on this case on February 22, 2012, we run his name: Dushyant Joshi, the head of the UN's Emergency Preparedness unit.

  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.

17th Precinct in rain June 12 as Joshi arrested inside, (c) MRLee

  Now the UN's Office of Human Resources Management under Catherine Pollard has belatedly "found cause" in the female contractor's complaint, and has (merely) demoted the abuser from P5 to P4 level, but with the same job: head of the UN's Emergency Preparedness unit. 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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