For­mer UN chief ac­cused of tak­ing $1.3m in bribes

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

US author­i­ties have charged a for­mer United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly pres­i­dent with tak­ing bribes from a Chi­nese bil­lion­aire.

New York pros­e­cu­tors said John Ashe “con­verted the UN into a plat­form for profit” as he helped real es­tate mogul Ng Lap Seng gain gov­ern­ment con­tracts.

Mr Ashe is ac­cused of tak­ing $1.3m, spend­ing the cash on lux­ury goods.

UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon said he was “shocked and deeply trou­bled” by the al­le­ga­tions.

“In re­turn for Rolex watches, a bas­ket­ball court and be­spoke suits, John Ashe sold him­self and the global in­sti­tu­tion he led,” said US Fed­eral At­tor­ney Preet Bharara. “United by greed, they con­verted the UN into a plat­form for profit.”

Pros­e­cu­tors say Mr Ashe used his po­si­tion as per­ma­nent res­i­dent to the United Na­tions for An­tigua and Bar­buda and Gen­eral Assem­bly head to in­tro­duce a UN doc­u­ment sup­port­ing a multi­bil­lion-dol­lar UN­spon­sored con­fer­ence cen­tre that Mr Ng hoped to build as his legacy in Ma­cau, where he lived.

UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon said he was shocked by the al­le­ga­tions against John Ashe

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