03 Sep '11, 5am

Not the 1st time UN soldiers in #Haiti have been accused of sexual abuse usually of vulnerable girls & often unreported

Not the 1st time UN soldiers in #Haiti have been accused of sexual abuse usually of vulnerable girls & often unreported

PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haitian officials have opened an investigation into four Uruguayan UN peacekeepers in the sexual assault of an 18-year-old male, magistrate Paul Tarte said Friday. The investigating judge told AFP that officials were examining testimony from the youth and images of the incident taken by a telephone camera at the base in southern Haiti, which have also been circulated on the Internet. Medical evidence of the attack also was obtained. "After having viewed the evidence, we have turned the case over to prosecutors for further action," Tarte said, adding that there had been no questioning of the four suspects. Tarte said he met with the head of the Uruguayan battalion who "assured me that the soldiers had been placed in isolation and are being transferred to Port-au-Prince." The magistrate said he was also looking into cases of sexual relations between peacekee...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Crime/Story/A1St...

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