I took the issue to the Ethics Committee and after extensive discussions with the Chairman, the Committees advice was to promote and relocate Ms. Shaha Riza.
I made a good faith effort to implement my understanding of that advice, and it was done in order to take responsibility for settling an issue that I believed had potential to harm the institution. In hindsight, I wish I had trusted my original instincts and kept myself out of the negotiations. I made a mistake, for which I am sorry.
IOW: He said he was sorry for trusting the Ethics committee.