Sat. Sep 26th, 2020
Ex-U.N. Official Is Accused of Drugging and Sexually Assaulting Women

One particular day in the fall of 2016, Karim Elkorany, an official with the United Nations in Iraq, dined and had drinks with a girl in a restaurant, then furtively drugged her in his apartment, the authorities explained on Wednesday.

Then, they explained, Mr. Elkorany sexually assaulted the girl. She regained consciousness for quick intervals when she could see him attacking her, but she was physically unable to cease him, the authorities explained.

Mr. Elkorany’s perform was not isolated, in accordance to an indictment unsealed on Wednesday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

Concerning 2009 and 2016, Mr. Elkorany sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault at least 6 ladies in Iraq, Egypt and the United States, amongst other destinations, the indictment explained.

In each and every instance, it explained, he drugged the victim, rendering her unconscious or partially unconscious.

The indictment explained that in some situations, victims awoke in soreness the place they had been assaulted or located that some or all of their clothes had been eliminated. Mr. Elkorany advised some of them that they had had intercourse.

Mr. Elkorany, 37, of West Orange, N.J., was not charged with sexual assault rather, he was charged with two counts of lying in the course of questioning by the F.B.I. in 2017.

“Elkorany compounded his alleged unconscionable perform by producing false statements to the exclusive agents investigating the assaults,” explained Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. lawyer in Manhattan.

The indictment explained Mr. Elkorany falsely denied to the agents the allegations produced towards him by the girl in Iraq.

William F. Sweeney Jr., the head of the F.B.I. in New York, explained the investigation was continuing and encouraged everyone with facts about the situation to get hold of the bureau.

Mr. Elkorany was arrested early Wednesday and appeared just before a federal magistrate judge, the place he pleaded not guilty.

His attorney, Dawn M. Cardi, explained in an interview that Mr. Elkorany “absolutely is going to battle these expenses, without having a doubt.”

Just after the girl in Iraq reported the alleged assault to the U.N. in 2016, the organization initiated an investigation, in accordance to the indictment. Mr. Elkorany resigned in 2018.

Mr. Elkorany worked in worldwide support, improvement and foreign relations positions for the U.N. from about 2005 until finally 2018, together with with UNICEF, the indictment explained.

Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for U.N. Secretary Common António Guterres, explained in an e-mail that the United Nations had at first referred the allegations about Mr. Elkorany to the U.S. authorities. Considering that then, he explained, the organization has “cooperated extensively” with the investigation.

He extra that the U.N. “appreciates actions by member states to make sure that United Nations personnel who might have engaged in criminal perform are held accountable, in individual with respect to criminal allegations relating to sexual exploitation and abuse.”

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