Tuesday, August 11, 2009

NEWSDAY: Former UN worker accused of undiplomatic biting

NEW YORK (AP) —A former United Nations employee is accused of biting a U.N. security guard after he went to complain about being passed over for a job.

Nicola Baroncini (NEE'-co-la Ba-ron-CHEE'-ni) was in Manhattan Criminal Court Monday on the assault charge.

He turned down a plea bargain and is due back in court on Oct. 28.

Baroncini was working for the U.N. Development Program when the incident happened on June 22. He's from Italy.

Baroncini claimed that he lost out on a job because a U.N. envoy to Congo lobbied for his daughter to get it.

Baroncini said he was pepper-sprayed and assaulted by U.N. security when he went to a superior's office to complain.

A U.N. spokeswoman said Baroncini bit the security guard, who suffered serious injury.

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