Memo portrays UN chief wanting control, secrecy

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 23, 2010 08:06

A portrait of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a secrecy-obsessed UN chief seeking to wrest control of internal investigations emerges from a blistering 50-page confidential memo by his former oversight chief.

The unusual memo by Inga-Britt Ahlenius, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, describes Ban as more concerned with preventing news leaks than with releasing possible criminal evidence to prosecutors. It also details how she fought Ban's efforts to set up a competing "new investigative capacity" within the United Nations.

The Swedish former auditor general also stated that the secretary-general improperly refused to allow many of her office's audit reports to be made public, or to allow nearly all of its confidential investigative reports, with evidence of potential criminal wrongdoing, to be referred to outside prosecutors.


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