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何志平8項賄賂罪7項被判有罪 準備在美國坐監 14/3 判刑

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何志平8項賄賂罪7項被判有罪 準備在美國坐監 14/3 判刑

Former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping convicted in US court on 7 of 8 counts in bribery and money-laundering case
The former Hong Kong minister was found guilty of offering millions of dollars in bribes to African officials
He now faces jail time in the United States after the conviction by a federal court in New York

Former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping has been found guilty by a US federal jury in New York of offering millions of dollars in bribes to African officials and now faces jail time in the United States.

On Wednesday afternoon, local time, Ho was convicted by a Southern District of New York jury on seven of eight counts of bribery and money laundering over oil rights for Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy in Chad and Uganda.

He was acquitted of the Chad money-laundering charge. Under the US federal court system, a unanimous verdict is needed to secure a conviction on each charge.

He will be sentenced on March 14.

In court on Wednesday, Ho appeared upset and was holding his fist. After the verdicts were read, he shook hands with each of his defence lawyers.

Asked about the jury’s decision, Ho said: “Expected. It’s like that.” He also thanked his friends in Hong Kong, without giving names.

His legal team would not comment on the next steps. “That would be left after the sentencing,” his lawyer Edward Kim said.

The maximum penalty for each count ranges from five to 20 years, though he could be sentenced to concurrent terms.

Ho, 69, was Hong Kong’s home affairs minister from 2002 to 2007. He later became the deputy secretary general of a think tank that was financed by the Shanghai-based oil conglomerate CEFC China Energy. Since then, he has been an advocate for the “Belt and Road Initiative”, China’s global trade strategy.

In November 2017, Ho was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York and has been in custody for more than a year.

He was charged on five counts of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and three counts of money laundering involving US$2.9 million in bribes given to a state leader and officials of Chad and Uganda.

Prosecutors argued that the money was in exchange for securing oil rights and development opportunities for CEFC in the two African countries.

The jury reached its decision after some three hours of deliberation. They asked the court for a re-examination of some key evidences, including the bank records of CEFC and the think tank Ho led.

Apart from the implications surrounding China’s expansion strategy, the case also raised questions about the UN’s ability to prevent corruption, with three former UN General Assembly presidents mentioned in court proceedings.

Two of the former officials were suspected of being involved in part of the bribery scheme, while a third testified in the case.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/2176601/patrick-ho-convicted-us-court-7-8-counts-bribery-and
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發表於 2018-12-6 07:49:30 |顯示全部樓層
前香港民政局局長何志平星期三在紐約聯邦法院被判有罪,罪行是為共匪華信能源有限公司向非洲官員行賄。

何志平被控8 項罪名。根據美國海外反腐敗法,陪審團判決7 項行賄和為行賄而洗錢的罪名成立。

69 歲的何志平去年11 月在紐約以涉嫌密謀為共匪華信能源有限公司向非洲官員行賄被捕。共匪華信能源有限公司是一家在上海的能源巨頭。

何志平時任共匪能源基金委員會的會長,該委員會是由共匪華信能源有限公司資助、位於美國維吉尼亞和香港的非政府組織。

檢方稱,何志平2014 年在聯合國會議期間見面,密謀向乍得總統行賄200萬美元,目的是幫助共匪華信能源有限公司進入乍得的能源領域。

根據刑事訴訟書,在另一項行賄計劃中,何志平被指於2016 年向烏干達外長薩姆· 庫太薩行賄50 萬美元,以換取庫太薩幫助共匪華信能源公司在烏干達金融和能源領域獲得商業合同。庫太薩在結束為期一年的聯合國大會主席任期返回烏干達後拿到了這筆錢。

美國的反海外腐敗法於1977 年通過,以回應美國公司賄賂外國官員以達成商業交易的行為。

這項法律不斷得到修正,使美國司法部和證券交易委員會對在美國設有子公司或在美國證券交易所進行交易的外國公司擁有廣泛的管轄權。

近年來,司法部與國際執法機構合作,越來越多地對外國公司和高管向外國政府官員行賄提起訴訟。

https://www.voachinese.com/a/PATRIC-HO-CONVICTED-20181205/4688486.html
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