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Former UN representative held for pedophilia

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KATHMANDU — A former UN-Habitat country representative for Afghanistan has been arrested from Kavrepalanchowk district for his alleged involvement in pedophilia.

Pedophiliaa is a psychiatric disorder that leads to sexual attraction toward children.

A team of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arersted 60-year-old Canadian Peter John Dalglish, who served as UN-Habitat country representative for Afghanistan from 2010 to 2014,from the house of local Chinkaji Maharjan at Mandan Deupur Municipality in Kavrepalanchowk district on Saturday morning.

CIB team has also rescued two boys aged 12 and 14 from his room at Maharjan’s house.

The CIB has filed a case of child sexual abuse against him and initiated further investigation. Dalglish has been remanded to judicial custody for five days for further investigation by the Kathmandu District Court.

DIG Pushkar Karki, director of the CIB, said that preliminary investigation by CIB suggested that Dalglish might have sexually abused many children.

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Dalglish has established a NGO — the Himalayan Community Foundation — to help poor and deprived families with their children’s education and has been running various projects related to education and drinking water for the deprived communities in Kavrepalanchowk district for the last two years.

Apart from working in UN-Habitant as country representative, he has also worked in top positions of other UN bodies, according to CIB.

After working in UN-Habitant for four years, Dalglish had joined the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia in 2015 where he worked for a year.

In 2016, Dalglish joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as a senior urban advisor to coordinate global efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola epidemic. He is also one of the founders of Street Kids International, a Canada-based non-governmental organization established in 1988.

DIG Pushkar Karki, director of the CIB, Dalglish arrived in Nepal three months ago. Karki said Dalglish might have sexually abused many children in Kathmandu as well as in Pokhara.

“Not just that, he might have been involved in pedophilia in other countries as well where he served as UN official in the past. We are investigating into the matter,” DIG Karki said.

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Voting begins in Maldieves presidential election

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MALE — Voting began for a tense presidential election regarded as a test for democracy in the popular Indian Ocean honeymoon destination on Sunday.

Hundreds of voters had queued up overnight on islands across the country to cast their ballots before polling stations opened at 8am (3:00 GMT).

Huge crowds flocked to closely guarded polling station to vote in the country’s third multiparty presidential elections, widely seen as a referendum on the island nation’s young democracy.

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Both President Yameen Abdul Gayoom and opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, voted in the capital, Male, shortly after polls opened.

Sunday’s vote pits President Abdulla Yameen, who has presided over a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent, against opposition figure and long-time member of parliament, Ibrahim.

More than a quarter of a million people, out of a population of nearly 350,000, are eligible to vote in the island nation, which has been in turmoil since its first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Nasheed, who was forced out of office in 2012.

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