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ADB picks Chief Justice Jallow, 2 others as independent experts to review report

Jul 7, 2020, 12:04 PM

The bureau of the boards of governors of the African Development Bank Group, following its meeting on 1st July 2020 regarding the whistle-blowers’ complaint against the President of the bank group came to a consensus that:

a) The Bureau recalls its Communiqué issued on June 4th 2020 informing the
general public of its decision to authorize an Independent Review of the Report of the Ethics
Committee of the Boards of Directors relating to the allegations made by Whistle blowers
against the President of the Bank Group.
b) The Bureau agreed on the Terms of Reference for the Independent Review at its meetings of
18 June 2020 and 1st July 2020 and selected three persons namely, Mrs. Mary Robinson, Mr. Hassan B. Jallow and Mr. Leonard F. McCarthy to constitute a High-Level Panel of Independent Experts to conduct the said Review - individuals with unquestionable experience, high international reputation and professional integrity. The panel will be chaired by Mrs. Robinson.
Mrs. Mary Robinson is a barrister by profession and is a former President of the Republic
of Ireland. She was also the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She, among other numerous global and national responsibilities, is the Chairperson of the Elders, a global body of wise persons concerned about the wellbeing of the world.

Justice Hassan B. Jallow is a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia as well as a former Justice of the Supreme Court of the Gambia. In 2003 he was appointed as a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and later that year as the Prosecutor of the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). On 5 February 2017, Justice Jallow was sworn-in as
the Chief Justice of The Gambia. Leonard F. McCarthy is a former Director of Public Prosecutions, a former Director for the Office of Serious Economic Offenses, and a former Head of the Directorate of Special Operations of South Africa. He served as the Integrity Vice President of the World Bank for nine years. Mr. McCarthy is
currently the President of LF McCarthy Associates, Inc., an integrity risk management company based in Washington, DC, USA.
(c) The panel is expected to submit its report to the Bureau within a period of two to four weeks
maximum.
(d) The Bureau expresses its utmost trust and confidence in the Panel's ability to successfully carry
out this important assignment and reaffirms its commitment to fully assisting the Panel in the
process.
Issued on 1st day of July 2020.
Chairperson of the Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank Group

Ms. Niale KABA Governor

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