Ex-US prosecutor accuses UN chief of hiring bias

August 4, 2010 19:04

A veteran former US prosecutor twice selected as the best candidate to lead UN's investigation division has filed a grievance accusing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of blocking his hiring because of discrimination based on gender and nationality.

The dispute over Robert Appleton's appointment is the latest salvo in a high-stakes fight over how to fix the UN's long-troubled internal watchdog agency.Appleton was twice passed over for the top investigative job despite his selection as the sole qualified and suitable candidate during two global recruitment rounds.

He told a UN personnel tribunal this week that Ban's refusal to hire him because of the UN's failure to attract more qualified women or more diverse nationalities is a breach of the UN Charter and General Assembly resolutions.

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