US clears Sene­galese ex-for­eign min­is­ter in bribery scheme

The Freeman - - WORLD -

The United States has dis­missed a ma­jor bribery com­plaint against for­mer Sene­galese for­eign min­is­ter Cheikh Ga­dio, the Jus­tice De­part­ment said.

A spokesper­son con­firmed "the dis­missal of the com­plaint against Ga­dio" in an email to AFP.

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 in the an­nounce­ment or the com­plaint filed in New York fed­eral district court, but de­tails in the com­plaint pointed to CEFC China En­ergy, the Shang­hai-based ris­ing star of China's en­ergy in­dus­try.

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.

The charges were based on their use of the US bank­ing sys­tem to process al­most a mil­lion dol­lars in pay­offs, sent un­der the guise of do­na­tions.

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