Former Hong Kong Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho (R) has been found guilty of offering millions of dollars in bribes to African officials, by a federal jury in New York, reports «Business Insider».
The South China Morning Post reports that the flamboyant former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping has been found guilty of offering millions of dollars in bribes to African officials., by a federal jury in New York.
Ho was charged on “conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act”. The bribes occurred on behalf Chinese state-run conglomerate CEFC China Energy over access to oil rights in Chad and Uganda.
He was charged with paying $2 million cash bribes to the President of Chad, and according to evidence presented at the trial arranged to have payments of $500,000 transfer ed to officials in Uganda.
Patrick Ho was arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York in November 2017 and has been held since then. His trial lasted seven days, and Ho will be sentenced on March 14, 2019, where and could face up to five years for each count of bribery and 20 years in jail for each charge of money laundering.