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Warrant for former staffer 'very disturbing': IMF executive

Dan Morse

A top International Monetary Fund official addressed the news that Montgomery County detectives are looking for a former entry-level IMF economist they think tried to kill a current IMF economist -- and may have fled to China -- in an internal memo e-mailed to staffers Monday.

Parts of the memo sent by IMF First Deputy Managing DirectorJohn Lipsky are posted below.

From the memo:

Colleagues:
I want to inform you that Montgomery County police have issued an arrest warrant in the case of Ashoka Mody. The suspect, Mohau Mercy Mathibe, is a former EP [Economist Program staff member] who left the Fund in early 2008. According to the police press release, he may have fled the country.
This news will come as a great shock to staff and to all of us in the Fund community. This is a very disturbing and unusual situation for the Fund -- or for any workplace -- and we all need to be supportive of each other at this time ...
Since this is a continuing police investigation, we cannot offer more details about the case right now but will provide factual updates. Clearly there will be a lot of discussion about this matter, but I am sure all of you understand the importance of containing rumor and speculation -- given the sensitivities of the ongoing investigation and out of respect for the Mody family ...
The Fund has been cooperating fully, and will continue to do so, with the police in their inquiries. The police have already contacted some staff members and may be in touch with others in the course of their investigation ... Finally, I am happy to share that Ashoka continues to make a good recovery. I know that I speak for us all in sending our very best wishes to him and his family.
John Lipsky

Editor's note: The "..." marks above indicate information removed from the text because it is direct contact information for IMF staffers not believed to be involved in the matter described. No other information was redacted.

By Dan Morse  |  January 5, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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