UPDATE 1-U.S. adds charges against Macau billionaire in U.N. bribe case

martes 20 de octubre de 2015 17:31 GYT

(Rewrites throughout to add details on indictment, background on case)

By Nate Raymond

NEW YORK Oct 20 (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors unveiled more charges against a billionaire Macau real estate developer and three others accused of engaging in a bribery scheme involving a former president of the United Nations General Assembly.

The charges were in an indictment in Manhattan federal court against five people including John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who was General Assembly president from 2013 to 2014.

Prosecutors previously said Ashe took more than $1.3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen including Ng Lap Seng, who has a $1.8 billion net worth and developments in the Chinese territory Macau.

Ng, 68, who prosecutors say paid Ashe more than $500,000 to seek U.N. support of a conference center in Macau, had previously been charged on Oct. 6 with bribery conspiracy and bribery charges.

Ng now faces two additional counts including money laundering, as well as his assistant, Jeff Yin, and Francis Lorenzo, a now-suspended deputy U.N. ambassador from the Dominican Republic. Both men were accused of facilitating the bribes.

Ng's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said his client would be "vigorously defended."

Lawyers for the other people charged had no immediate comment or could not immediately be reached for comment.   Continuación...