United States: US indicts former UN chief’s relatives with bribery

Author(s): UNK | Date: January 11, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/BTZpCK | Type: Text

US prosecutors have indicted relatives of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, accusing them of trying to bribe a Middle Eastern official over the attempted US$800 million sale of a building in Hanoi.
The 39-page indictment, unsealed on Tuesday (Jan 10), charges Joo Hyun Bahn, also known as Dennis, a Manhattan real estate broker, and his father Ban Ki Sang, a senior executive in a South Korean construction company.
Also charged is US citizen Malcolm Harris, accused of masquerading as a go-between with the Middle Eastern official but instead pocketing a US$500,000 bribe which he frittered away on personal luxuries.
Ban is a brother of the former UN secretary general, who was succeeded at the helm of the United Nations on Jan 1 by former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, and Bahn is a nephew.

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