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In UN Of Guterres Diamond Taken In UNECE OIOS Silent As Nowak Is Named Sylver Threats

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon
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UN GATE, Nov 16 – In the United Nations from which SG Antonio Guterres has banned Inner City Press 867 days for asking about his complicity in the killing of civilians in Cameroon and Sudan and their mass imprisonment by China in Xinjiang, there are blatantly double or triple standards between national staff, "regular" international staff and then, at the top, Guterres and his arrogant insiders, eager to silence or sue the press while not providing basic information.

  Now one of them, through an underling, is threatening to sue the Press, for a story that UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has refused repeatedly to confirm or deny, and which Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq specifically deleted, or "left" on WhatsApp, without answering.

  But others within UNECE continue to provide information since the UN refuses it, now also named Robert Nowak and stating that Guterres' head of Human Resources imposed only a "slap on the wrist," covering up the corruption by corporations of Guterres' UN.

   UNECE told Inner City Press to asked about OIOS, the Office of Internal Oversight Services. But Inner City Press has asked the UN Secretariat, in writing - and at 10 an on Monday, November 16, still no answer at all about OIOS. So, now this:

"[REDACTED VOLUNTARILY BY INNER CITY PRESS] is the whistleblower who contacted OIOS about Robert Nowak, a UNECE employee, receiving illegal gifts from a business and not declaring them.  The Head of UNECE investigated and asked the head of HR in New York to decide on the punishment for Robert Nowak.   [REDACTED - The Whistleblower] was told a slap on the wrist was all that happened to Robert Nowak."

And, a Sylver defender says "the OIOS investigation found that the staff member in the transport division received a gift that he did not declare in a timely manner... Since then the person and our Division Director Mr Yuwei Li have had a personal vendetta against Mr Sylver. I believe that either the Division Director or person involved has decided to send these lies to you."

  But Inner City Press has repeatedly asked the UN Spokesperson about this Yuwei or Yuewei Li, and also about one Monica Pronin. Nothing - no answer at all. These are supposedly public organizations, definitely taking the public's money - and in this case, apparently diamond cell phones and necklaces. So the questions will have to be answered. If Sylver so wants to sue someone, perhaps it should be the UN Spokesperson who, like with a certain UN staffer who had sex in public view in Syria, Dujarric chooses to throw under the bus for his own reasons and those of Guterres. Watch this site.

   On November 11 Inner City Press asked Guterres and his spokespeople Stephane Dujarric and Melissa Fleming about, and when as has become typical no answer was received, published a complaint sent to it: "Dear Mr. Lee,  Chief of Management of UN-ECE (economic commission of Europe), Mr. Michael Sylver, took bribe from the private sector, a diamond cell phone and a diamond necklace, and then arranged their entry into UN business. It seems he received bribe through another UN officer. After a person working with that officer complained that officer to Sylver without knowing the actual taker, Sylver paid his close friend to investigate. He sealed that officer's mouth with blackmail." 

  Again, there was no response of any kind from UN Spokespeople, nor Deputy SG Amina J. Mohammed, no one. More to a more pointed questions submitted on November 12. But now later on November 12 this from UNECE, which we publish in full:

"@UNECE Replying to  @innercitypress   @antonioguterres  and 3 others What you have printed about  @UNECE  is untrue.  It is clear that you did not perform even a cursory verification of these poorly worded and incoherent allegations before printing them. As a matter of journalistic integrity, we request that this material be removed immediately."

 Well, no. We published the denial, and have asked UNECE as well: "confirm or deny that OIOS found an illegal gift." No answer, now even a day later.

Instead, from a UNECE staffer, this threat: "Mr Sylver has been made aware of your allegations about him and intends to sue you for defamation. I do not blame him and will be happy to start a fundraising campaign to help pay his legal bills!"

  No, it being the UN corrupted by Guterres, the public's money would be used to try to sue the Press. But it would be unavailing - Inner City Press, far from reckless (the legal standard), has at least step specifically asked for confirmation or denial, in writing to Dujarric, Haq, Guterres and Melissa Fleming. These are the people, if Sylver is going to sue, he should sue - perhaps in Guterres' kangaroo court the UN Dispute Tribunal, which purports to have the power to order the Press to destroy evidence of sexual harassment and assault. This is what the UN has come to.

And what about the corporate gift inside UNECE, covered up with public money? We'll have more on this - including whatever the UN Spokespeople, taking public money to delete public questions about the corruption of their ostensibly public institution by private corporations, now belatedly deigns to send. Watch this site.

 Watch this site - this is what happens when an organization with impunity like the UN believes it can beat up and then refuse questions from the Press, which puts questions and prints answers from the IMF and others - and make investigations, of gifts and, also today, sexual abuse in the UN, go away. They are corrupt.

Sounds like Guterres, who hides his link to CEFC China Energy whose Ye Jianming cavorted with still UN official Peter Thompson and also gave a diamond to... Hunter Biden. Watch this site.



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