Woman to lodge appeal in Lubbers sex case

23rd August 2004, Comments 0 comments

23 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The woman who accused the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, of sexual harassment is reportedly considering appealing against a decision effectively clearing the former Dutch prime minister.

23 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — The woman who accused the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers, of sexual harassment is reportedly considering appealing against a decision effectively clearing the former Dutch prime minister.

Dutch current affairs television show Nova reported on Saturday night that the woman is demanding access to the dossier compiled by the UN internal investigations department.

Based on the report's findings, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared last month the complaint against the 65-year-old Lubbers to be unfounded, news agency ANP reported.

Lubbers was given access to the investigation dossier, but the woman who submitted the complaint was denied access. She has raised further objections and employed a specialised lawyer.

The woman is now considering an appeal. She claims Lubbers squeezed her buttocks at the end of a meeting in Geneva last December. Lubbers has claimed the women misinterpreted a friendly gesture.

The 51-yeaer-old American woman will reportedly demand impartial arbitration, as opposed to the situation in which the UN itself investigated and made a ruling on the woman's complaint against UNHCR chief.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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