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Ivorian Mission to UN Ran Over Bronxite Donald Lewis Then Removed Case to SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 8 – A car owned by the Ivory Coast Mission to the United Nations ran over pedestian Donald Lewis in The Bronx on November 24, 2018. Beyond no-fault insurance, asserting the Ivorian Mission's negigence, Lewis sued in state court in the Bronx.

   Nearly immediately, the Mission snatched the case away from the Bronx state court and removed it to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In its notice of removal, the Mission's lawyers wrote that "for reference, Cote d'Ivoire is also known as the Ivory Coast, which is a country located on the south coast of West Africa."

    They did not mention French colonialism, or Laurent Gbagbo, or now the president installed after him trying to stay in power, a question on which the UN has refused to answer written questions from Inner City Press.

   The notice of removal included a letter from Ivorian Deputy Permanent Representative Desire G. Wulfran, that Mission staffer Diarra ADAMA was in fact driving the car, diplomatic license plate 0126ACD, on November 24, 2018.  

On January 8 the case came before SDNY Judge George B. Daniels, and Inner City Press was there. There were disputes about discovery, between lawyers Richard S. Weiss of Koenigsberg & Associates PC and Keane & Bernheimer PLLC;  a future conference date was set. Inner City Press, banned from the UN for its questions about the colonial corruption of UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres, will continue to follow this case. It is Lewis v. Permanent Mission of Cote d'Ivoire to the UN, et al., 19-cv-1375 (Daniels). 


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