US CLEARS SENE­GALESE EX-MIN­IS­TER IN BRIBERY RAPS

Manila Times - - World -

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.

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