Top Thailand WHO official denies maid slavery claims
Tigrai Online, April 5, 2015
Top Thailand World Health Organization official denies maid slavery claims.
The 25-year-old unnamed maid filed a complaint with police last month accusing Dr Yonas Tegegn, the WHO's representative in Thailand, and his wife of abusing her and forcing her to work without pay for nearly two years.
Police on Wednesday (April 1) said they would investigate the allegations and question the couple, who are also Ethiopian nationals. In a statement released today, Tegegn denied the claims. "These accusations made against me and my family are baseless. We deny any wrongdoing," he said in a statement emailed to AFP.
Tegegn added that he hoped both the media and Thailand's legal system would "give us a fair chance to clear our name". The unnamed maid's lawyer Surapong Kongchantuk from the Lawyers Council of Thailand told AFP earlier in the week that she had worked for the family between July 2013 and March 2014.
Source: Thailand News - http://www.thephuketnews.com/top-thai-who-official-denies-maid-slavery-claims-51725.php