UNAIDS deputy chief, accused of sex assault, to step down

Deputy executive director of UNAIDS, Luiz Loures, speaks onstage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on September 20, 2017. AFP PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • The complainant reported the alleged incident to her mother, a close friend and her supervisor immediately after it occurred, while several UNAIDS colleagues confirmed seeing her in a state of severe distress that night.
  • UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe also was faulted by the IOS for trying to settle the dispute quietly while an official probe was underway.

The deputy head of UNAIDS, accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague but cleared of wrongdoing by an internal United Nations probe, announced his decision to step down on Friday.
Luiz Loures "has communicated his wish to the UNAIDS executive director not to seek the renewal of his position," the agency said in a statement.
Loures, a Brazilian national, "will end his term as deputy executive director at the end of March 2018," it added.
UNAIDS spokesman Mahesh Mahalingam told reporters in Geneva that Loures's decision had no connection to the allegations against him, noting the findings of the internal UN probe.

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