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UN ‘whistleblower’ on Central Africa child sex scandal reinstated

A UN tribunal has ordered the reinstatement of Swedish official Anders Kompass who was suspended for leaking a report to France about child abuse by French soldiers sent to the Central African Republic in 2014.

The ruling of the internal tribunal was delivered on Tuesday and Kompass “has thus resumed his service,” a spokesman for the UN human rights office said.

Kompass will however continue to face an internal United Nations probe following accusations that he passed on confidential information, including the names of the alleged victims, without getting the go-ahead of his superiors.

“We remain extremely concerned that copies are circulating of the confidential unredacted preliminary notes of the interviews with the children,” the spokesman said.

The UN tribunal said the fact that Kompass had resumed his job would not affect the investigation underway.

Kompass, a director of operations at UNHCR, was put on administrative leave with full pay on April 17 for having passed on the confidential report to France in July last year.

According to the French defence ministry, soldiers dispatched to the chaos-ridden nation to restore order after a 2013 coup are implicated in a probe into the alleged sexual abuse of several children there who had begged for food.

The abuse reportedly took place at a centre for displaced people near the airport of the Central African capital Bangui between December 2013 and June 2014.

The accusations were serious enough for a secret French investigation to be launched in July last year but British newspaper The Guardian reported on the affair at the end of April.

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