Former United Nations official charged for taking $1.3-M bribe

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Former United Nations official charged for taking $1.3-M bribe


John Ashe, a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, has been charged with taking $1.3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen, partly to push for a real estate project in Macau, court documents showed. He allegedly took bribes in exchange for backing a proposed UN conference center in Macau promoted by Chinese developer Ng Lap Seng. Ng, a wealthy real estate mogul, was arrested and jailed in New York last month for smuggling more than $4.5 million in cash into the United States over a two-year period.

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