After UNSG Antonio Guterres Had Inner City Press Roughed Up OIOS Complaint Swanson Got No Action 1 Year


By Matthew Russell Lee for FUNCA, CJR PFT CEFC Video

UNITED NATIONS GATE, July 10 – Antonio Guterres is killing the UN, including with his failure in Cameroon and elsewhere and his lawless censorship of Press, now at 372 days, a full year. He’s put the UN in the Press Freedom Tracker, here. And so on 3 July 2019, this video.

   Precisely one year before this report, the day after being targeted and roughed up by Guterres’ guard Ronald E. Dobbins and another unnamed, Inner City Press went to the NYPD’s 17th Precinct with its torn shirt and damaged laptop to file a complaint. At first it was told, flatly, that the UN is entirely immune. Then once they heard the story, the NYPD took down a complaint. But the UN including its “investigator” Ben Swanson of OIOS, shown here, have done nothing about it. 

Swanson confirmed receipt, as with Inner City Press’ formal written complaint about Guterres’ financial failure to disclose and conflict of interest in banning Inner City Press, no action: “From: Ben Swanson <swanson1@un.org> Date: Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 1:34 AM Subject: Re: Informing OIOS of “REPORT OF PROHIBITED CONDUCT (HARASSMENT, ABUSE OF AUTHORITY) AND ‘FORMAL COMPLAINT’ SUBMITTED [ABOUT] SECRETARY GENERAL, MR ANTONIO GUTERRES, PURSUANT TO ST/SGB/2008/5″ please confirm receipt and what OIOS does To: Matthew Lee @ Inner City Press Cc: FUNCA @ funca.info, Heidi Mendoza <mendozah@un.org>, Michelle Claudio <claudio@un.org>, Byung-Kun Min <min2@un.org>   Dear Mr Lee   Thank you for your email and attachments the contents of which have been noted and will be dealt with in accordance with our standard practices.    Ben Swanson  l  Director l  Investigations Division l Office of Internal Oversight Services  l  United Nations Headquarters New York l Office +1 212 963 0597 | Mobile +1 917 288 7459.” We’ll have more on this.

  In Guterres’ UN there has been entirely unaddressed bribery, including offers of weapons for oil by UN non governmental organization China Energy Fund Committee of Ye Jianming which Guterres refuses to even audit – while roughing up and banning the Press which asks him about it. On December 21 after Guterres and his spokesman had not answered a single one of Inner City Press’ 35 written questions during the week and Guterres prepared  to take off on another 11 day trip to Lisbon, still-banned Inner City Press reported and shows that Guterres has essentially killed off the UN’s already weak public financial disclosure system. Guterres’ own most recent online disclosure is from 2016, here, and it omits for example his listed role through 2018 in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. 

Now this, which we have reported exclusively, well before the July 2019 reporting that CEFC’s Y Jianming gave an expensive diamond to Hunter Biden – the China Energy Fund Committee, implicated in the UN bribery conviction of Patrick Ho, has been linked to Guterres’ Gulbenkian, see photos here and for first example here: “Partex Oil and Gas (Holdings) Corporation will be sold to the CEFC China Energy group, confirmed António Costa Silva, the chairman of the oil company of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, speaking to Portuguese daily newspaper Público.

Costa Silva said the “complex negotiation is underway” and added “I think there is a great possibility of it coming to fruition,” and the newspaper reported said that this deal could be worth 500 million euros.

“It is a large Chinese conglomerate that started in refining, terminals, logistics, recently started exploration and production in the Middle East, Russia, and chose Partex as a kind of platform for investments in the first segment,” said the chairman of Partex.” So this is a direct conflict of interest by Guterres: he has been on the board of Gulbenkian, which made a sale to CEFC which Guterres now refuses to audit. (Inner City Press asked in January 2018, here, before Guterres had it roughed up and banned; it asked again after the verdict on 5 December 2018, here). Guterres’ wife, too, is linked to Gulbenkian, here. This is called corruption.