Thursday, February 03, 2005

U.N. official arrested over allegedly sexually abusing minors

Associated Press Writer
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3 February 2005
10:47 am
Associated Press Newswires
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PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - A UNHCR official working in Kosovo was detained on suspicion of sexually abusing minors, officials said Thursday.

The official, who was identified as Rashidoon Khan of Pakistan, was detained last Friday and was reprimanded for a 30-day pretrial detention, U.N. officials said.

Khan was working for United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Kosovo at the time of the arrest.

His alleged crimes were committed last year between September and December, said Neeraj Singh, a U.N. spokesman. Those crimes include "sexual and narcotic related offenses involving minors," Singh said. The official charges have not been filed yet as the investigation into the case continues, he said.

Another official, who spoke on condition of anonymity called his alleged crimes, "really ugly."

Khan allegedly gave minors drugs before having sex with them, the official said.

Kosovo has been run by the United Nations 1999.

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