UN chief shocked by charges against former UNGA president

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015,12:04 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

United Nations | UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that he is shocked and deeply troubled to learn about the very serious allegations of bribery against former General Assembly President John Ashe. Ban’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric yesterday said that the Secretary-General was shocked and deeply troubled to learn of the allegations against Ashe, which go to the heart of the integrity of the United Nations. Dujarric stressed that corruption is not business as usual at the UN and the world body had not been informed of the investigation by the US Attorney’s Office. 

Our Office for Legal Affairs and other senior officials were not aware of the case until it was read about in the press. Obviously, if we’re contacted by the relevant US authorities, we will cooperate with them, Dujarric said. Prior to his appointment as leader of the 68th session of the General Assembly in September 2013, Ashe had been Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the UN. He was arrested yest