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UN fires one, suspends 6 after Congo sex abuse probe

[JURIST] The United Nations' [official website] investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in the Democratic Republic of Congo has resulted in the firing of one employee and the suspension without pay of six other civilian workers. Overall, 17 civilian staff members were investigated by the UN, with investigations into allegations of sexual exploitation of women and girls by military personnel being handled by those who contributed troops for the UN Mission to the Congo. The former employee who was "summarily dismissed" now faces prosecution in France, according to UN spokesman Fred Eckhard. Some investigations, including those into allegations made against former chief of staff of the UN operation in the Congo Jacques Grinberg, have been "completed and no grounds for initiating disciplinary procedures were found." UN Secretary General Kofi Annan first admitted the "gross misconduct" of some UN civilians [JURIST report] and military personnel late last year and said that perpetrators would be held accountable. Reuters has more.

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