US CLEARS SENEGALESE EX-MINISTER IN BRIBERY RAPS
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States has dismissed a major bribery complaint against former Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Gadio, the Justice Department said. US authorities arrested Gadio and Hong Kong’s former home affairs secretary Patrick Ho Chi Ping in November 2017 for allegedly leading a multimillion- dollar bribery scheme in Africa on behalf of a top Chinese energy company. The company was not identified, but details in the complaint pointed to CEFC China Energy. In the Justice Department complaint, the two men allegedly offered a $2 million bribe to the president of Chad “to obtain valuable oil rights,” and a $500,000 bribe to an account designated by the minister of foreign affairs of Uganda, who had recently completed his term as the president of the UN General Assembly.