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Investigation Clears Former UN Oversight Chief

Investigation Clears Former UN Oversight Chief of Allegations of Improper Behaviour

New York, May 31 2006 4:00PM

An outside investigation has found no evidence supporting “regrettable anonymous allegations” of improper payment or improper sexual behaviour against Dileep Nair, the formed head of the United Nations internal watchdog agency, a UN spokesman said today, declaring the matter closed.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan asked for the investigation, headed by Jerome Ackerman, former President of the UN Administrative Tribunal, after the Staff Council last year charged that Mr. Nair, then head of the Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), had violated rules, regulations and administrative issuances regarding appointments and promotions in OIOS.

“The main conclusions of the report are that the investigation found no evidence supporting the regrettable anonymous allegations of improper payment by one senior staff member to Mr. Nair or improper sexual behaviour on the part of Mr. Nair and another staff member,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

“The report, however, found that in two cases involving appointment and promotion in OIOS, it appeared that Mr. Nair had predetermined the outcome of the selection process,” he added.

In other promotion cases, the investigation refrained from drawing any conclusions with respect to legal issues pending before the Joint Appeals Board. Mr. Annan thoroughly reviewed the report, decided there was no further action to be taken by him and, accordingly, decided the matter is closed.

ENDS

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