Feds: Hong Kong man in UN bribe case motivated by greed
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York say a prominent Hong Kong businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy case was motivated by greed and corruption.
Opening statements were delivered Monday at the trial of Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho.
Ho was arrested a year ago on charges accusing him of paying bribes so a Chinese energy conglomerate could secure business advantages.
Ho was once Hong Kong’s home affairs secretary. He has insisted he is not guilty of charges that he conspired in October 2014 to bribe the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister.
Ho’s attorney on Monday did not dispute that Ho made the payments to foreign officials but said they were not bribes. He also said the energy conglomerate did not receive any benefits or special treatment.