UN denies immunity to rights expert accused of corruption in Bangladesh Gabriel Haboubi at 4:14 PM ET
[JURIST] The office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday denied UN immunity from prosecution [press release] to a UN human rights investigator in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] who is charged with corruption. UN Special Rapporteur Sigma Huda [official profile, DOC] was jailed [JURIST report] earlier this month after being charged as part of a government crackdown on corruption [JURIST news archive]. Prosecutors allege Huda assisted her husband, former Bangladeshi communications minister Nazmul Huda, in extorting almost $300,000 USD from a construction company while he was in office. UN experts are generally granted immunity from prosecution under the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations [PDF text], but the secretary-general must decide whether it applies to a given situation. Ban said Wednesday that the allegations against Huda "appear not to be related to, or otherwise fall within, her functions as special rapporteur."
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