February 26, 2018

Senegal's former foreign affairs minister arrested in the United States for bribery

24 November 2017, 01:29 | Frank Carlson

2 men accused of offering bribes to Uganda, Chad officials

US arrests ex-Hong Kong and Senegal officials in bribery case

Former Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Gadio and Hong Kong's former home affairs secretary Chi Ping Patrick Ho sent huge bribes to high-level officials in Chad and Uganda to secure favourable oil business for a Chinese state energy company, according to a statement.

Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, was arrested Friday in NY and brought to court the next day, while Chi Ping Patrick Ho was arrested Saturday and brought to court Monday.

The two men were officially charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and worldwide money laundering.

The FCPA bars companies from bribing foreign officials to gain a business advantage.

The criminal complaint does not name the non-profit or the Chinese company behind it.

According to the complaint, Ho and Gadio began plotting in 2014 when they met at the United Nations in NY.

CEFC China Energy's role was apparent in the formal complaint. The Shanghai- based company had revenue of $34 million (263 billion Chinese yuan) in 2015.

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.

Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Eight Women
Both King and O'Donnell applauded the courage the women must have had to take steps to speak up about what happened to them. She said she told Yvette Vega, Rose's executive producer since his interview show was created in 1991, about the calls.

"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.

Two months later, Ho pledged a $2 million bribe to Deby on behalf of the energy company in exchange for obtaining lucrative oil rights from the Chadian government.

It accused Ho of offering US$2 million to Deby, who allegedly pledged an exclusive opportunity for the company Ho represented to obtain oil rights in Chad without facing worldwide competition.

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 denial of President Idriss Deby came as it emerged that Ho required medical aid when he appeared in a NY courtroom on Monday, calling into question the health of the 68-year-old, who faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.

The charges are based on their alleged use of the USA banking system to process US$2.5 million in pay-offs, sent under the guise of donations originating from Hong Kong.

According to a statement from the U.S ministry of justice released Monday, the two individuals are accused of having bribed for many years high officials of these countries to get advantages for a Chinese oil firm.

Ho also offered gifts to the Ugandan Foreign Minister and President and promised them future benefits, such as getting their family involved in a joint venture in Uganda with the energy company.

Other News

Trending Now

Cryptocurrency startup Tether claims it was robbed of $31 million in tokens
"A thorough investigation on the cause of the attack is being undertaken to prevent similar actions in the future", Tether wrote. Eventually, the sum of these funds came to reside in the wallet address implicated in the company's official announcement.

Selena Gomez dyed her hair blonde
Bizarrely, Selena's own reaction after her comeback set was rather muted, with the singer shrugging as the crowd cheered. THANK YOU to the American Music Awards for taking a chance with me.

Chelsea TV single out one player for praise after Qarabag (Official Video)
Neither side have any suspension worries for this fixture, but Antonio Rudiger is a caution away from receiving a one-match ban. Kick off is at 17:30 BST and the match will be televised live in the United Kingdom on BT Sport .

Ferdinand explains why Mourinho has had to axe Mkhitaryan
Even Ibrahimovic couldn't help United stem the tide and Basel's pressure was finally rewarded in the 89th minute. The Red Devils were the superior team in the first half but the visitors couldn't make the breakthrough.

Adopting a dog may help single people extend lifespan
The researchers used data from almost 3.5 million Swedish people between the ages of 40 and 80 to compile their findings. Moreover, hunting breeds lowered their owners' cardiovascular disease risk the most.

Showers possible on travel day before Thanksgiving
Lows will drop into the low to mid 30s with some scattered rain showers, that may change to snow by Wednesday morning. Relatively mild and tranquil weather will be in place across the Carolinas for road travel on Wednesday .

Padmavati banned in Gujarat too, CM doesn't want law and order situation
Bollywood is in chaos after death threats to a female star forced producers to postpone a much-anticipated movie. The board has asked the makers to resend the film for revision.

Rainbow Six Siege Outlines Season Plans for Year 3
The event, called "Outbreak", will be available for free for four weeks, though the company didn't say when it would go live. Ubisoft has revealed its plans for the third year of DLC for Rainbow Six Siege .

How to Watch Michigan vs. Wisconsin
The miscues aren't ideal, but Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's confidence hasn't wavered in the 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback. The offensive line struggled to protect again and couldn't do much on the ground against a stout Wisconsin defense.

Uber and Volvo are upping their self-driving auto agreement
Uber already uses Volvo's XC90 as the testbed for its self-driving system, which is now undergoing trials in Arizona and Pittsburgh.