United States arrests two Chinese oil company reps in Africa bribery

United States arrests two Chinese oil company reps in Africa bribery

United States arrests two Chinese oil company reps in Africa bribery

Two former government officials from Hong Kong and Senegal were arrested in NY last week, the U.S. Justice Department said, for alleged bribing senior African government officials on behalf of a Chinese energy company, as well as money laundering.

Additionally, a bribe of $500,000 was also wired to an account designated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda.

In the first scheme, the Justice Department said a US$ 2 million bribe, disguised as charitable donations, was paid to Chad's president Idriss Deby in exchange for granting oil rights in Chad to the energy company without global competition. Ho was arrested on Saturday and appeared on Monday in front of a U.S. judge who then ordered his detention. Both were found to have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and committed money laundering, it said. Prosecutors said the bribe was meant to secure business advantages for the energy company, which was not identified in court papers.

"Their bribes and corrupt acts hurt our economy and undermine confidence in the free marketplace", AFP quoted Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco as saying.

Ho, 68, was arrested on Saturday in NY.

At the time, Gadio ran a consulting firm while Ho headed a non-profit that received funding by the energy company. However, the name of the Chinese oil firm was not disclosed.

Now, with CEFC China Energy seemingly benefitting from these bribery deals, one can not help but wonder about the impact that the investigation may have on the ambitious OBOR initiative.

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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.

It did not say whether Deby had on any occasion met Ho, who was working at an NGO fully funded by CEFC China Energy, a Shanghai-based rising star of China's energy industry.

"In March 2016, he was appointed a Member of the Multi stakeholder Advisory Group of Internet Governance Forum, to advise the Secretary-General of the United Nations", the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs reported. Kutesa had just begun his one-year term as president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Gadio allegedly connected Ho to the Chad's president and delivered the bribe in return for US$ 400,000. He has been a broker for peace in Africa and overseen the expenditure of millions of dollars.

In exchange, Deby is alleged to have provided the energy company with "an exclusive" opportunity to obtain particular oil rights in Chad without facing global competition, according to the criminal complaint. The bribe involved in this process amounts to $2 million.

Ho is alleged to have paid Deby $400,000 for his services via wire transfers transmitted through NY.

Angel M. Melendez, head of New York's Department of Homeland Security office, said the men offered millions of dollars in bribes disguised as charitable donations to gain business advantages.

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