Sexual harassment charges against ex-PM dropped
US judge rules that UN staff member cannot press charges against Dutch former prime minister Ruud Lubbers.1 May 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - A US federal judge has ruled that a United Nations staff member can not press charges of sexual harassment against former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers.
The allegations of sexual misconduct made by the UN employee took place when Lubbers held the position of UN's High Commissioner for Refugees. He had proclaimed his innocence, but had resigned amid the controversy.
The judge said Lubbers was entitled to immunity in this case. The lawyer of the 55-year old UN staff member expressed disbelief at the verdict and is going to appeal.
He argues that millions of dollars are awarded in sexual harassment cases in the US, while UN staff get off scot-free.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]