UN Probes Complaints Against Internal Investigations Chief

The acting director of the U.N. office tasked to probe into reports of fraud, corruption and other wrongdoing within the organization is himself being investigated for allegedly taking action against two whistle-blowers, a U.N. document reveals.

Michael Dudley, acting chief of the investigation division of the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services, has filed for a suspension of the investigation, which he said was based on “a malicious complaint” and could hurt his candidacy for the division’s director position, The Associated Press reports.

Dudley’s request was denied by Judge Marilyn Kaman of the U.N. Disputes Tribunal, which is handling the investigation, the news agency adds.

Kaman explained in a ruling obtained by AP that Dudley didn’t meet the requirements to merit a suspension of the investigation.

Complaints of retaliation were filed against Dudley and the former head of OIOS, Inga-Britt Ahlenius, by the Government Accountability Project, a U.S.-based nonprofit group dedicated to protecting whistle-blowers, on behalf of two staff members of the U.N. Ethics Office.

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