Two men in USA court for allegedly bribing Uganda, Chad officials

HK's former home affairs secretary arrested by US for graft scheme

While the documents did not name the bribe-takers, Chad's president, Idriss Déby, has served since 1990, and Uganda's foreign minister Sam Kutesa matches the U.S. court document's description that he also served as the president of the 69th UN General Assembly.

U.S. officials have arrested a former Senegalese foreign minister and Hong Kong's ex-home affairs secretary for leading an alleged multimillion-dollar bribery scheme in Africa on behalf of a top Chinese oil company, with some deals arranged in the halls of the United Nations.

The US prosecutors' complaint filed in NY federal district court did not name the company benefiting from the bribes.

Under the first scheme, Ho is accused of offering US$2 million in bribes to Chad's president, who in return allegedly pledged an exclusive opportunity for the company he represented to obtain particular oil rights in Chad without facing worldwide competition.

The South China Morning Post said CEFC is a Shanghai-based rising star of China's energy industry.

Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, 68, of Hong Kong, and Cheikh Gadio, 61, of Senegal, were charged in a criminal complaint in Manhattan federal court with violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, global money laundering and conspiracy to commit both.

"We are aware of the reports", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said regarding the case. He was also found to have used a bribe of $8.5 million he received to pay the school fees of his kids and purchase a $3.75 million house near NY.

He said the USA government alleged they were "willing to throw money at the leaders of two countries to bypass the normal course of business, but didn't realize that using the US banking system would be their undoing". "Their bribes and corrupt acts hurt our economy and undermine confidence in the free marketplace", Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco said.

HK's former home affairs secretary arrested by US for graft scheme
Hong Kong's ex Home Affairs Secretary Patrick Chi Ping

Ho, 68, and Gadio, 61, are each charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering.

According to a criminal complaint, Gadio-the former foreign minister of Senegal and the operator of an worldwide consulting firm-connected Ho with the president of Chad in return for a $400,000 payment from Ho.

Ho was Hong Kong Home Affairs secretary from 2002 to 2007, and served for several years on the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee Conference.

CEFC's role was apparent in the formal complaint.

The men allegedly gave Uganda's foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa $500,000 (sh1.8b) when he was president of the United Nations General Assembly and the money was wired to Uganda.

Kutesa is also a former president of the U.N. General Assembly.

"Mr Ye was labelled China's "newest oil baron" by Forbes Magazine in 2016 after his company made a number of large investments in the Czech Republic". The goal here was to obtain shares in Uganda's oil market.

The Chinese company that has of recent shown interest in Uganda is called Energy China, not China Energy.

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