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Minister Kutesa briber, Patrick Ho jailed for 3 years in US

In this March 25, 2019 courtroom sketch, former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, center, is sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted of paying bribes to presidents of two African countries in a United Nations-linked case., in New York

In this March 25, 2019 courtroom sketch, former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, center, is sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted of paying bribes to presidents of two African countries in a United Nations-linked case., in New York

Hong Kong's former Home Affairs secretary Patrick Ho Chi Ping was on Monday jailed for three years for a scheme to bribe African officials including Uganda's Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa to boost a top Chinese energy company that was part of Beijing's global Belt and Road initiative.

Ho, 69, who worked for the controversial energy conglomerate CEFC China Energy, was sentenced by a New York judge after being convicted in December on seven charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering for bribes.

He was accused of paying off top officials in Uganda and Chad to support the Shanghai conglomerate's projects in their countries. Some of the deals were arranged in the halls of the United Nations, leading to the US arrest in November 2017 of Ho and a co-conspirator, former Senegalese top diplomat Cheikh Gadio.

The two men allegedly offered a $2 million bribe to Idriss Deby, the president of Chad, "to obtain valuable oil rights," and a $500,000 bribe to an account designated by Kutesa, who had recently completed his term as the president of the UN General Assembly, according to the charges.

During the trial, evidence was presented in court that Ho had also attempted to bribe President Museveni with $500,000 cash, brought into Uganda disguised as gift hampers. It is not clear if Museveni took the bribe or not, but email exchanges between Ho and his superiors at CEFC indicated that he'd had positive engagements with the Ugandan president. 

"Patrick Ho schemed to bribe the leaders of Chad and Uganda in order to secure unfair business advantages for the Chinese energy company he served," said US Attorney Geoffrey Berman.

"Foreign corruption undermines the fairness of international markets, erodes the public's faith in its leaders, and is deeply unfair to the people and businesses that play by the rules."

CEFC was an upstart company that quickly grew to be worth tens of billions of dollars despite a murky track record. It was considered to be a vital player in Chinese President Xi Jinping's ambitious One Belt One Road plan to build commercial networks around the world.

CEFC was led by Ye Jianying, an ostensibly well-connected businessman who built a network of global contacts, and notably was able to meet with members of then-vice president Joe Biden's family and a former CIA director.

But after Ho was arrested by US authorities in 2017, CEFC's business began to crumble. Last year, Ye disappeared and is now believed to be held by Chinese authorities for unspecified charges.

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-3 #1 Wainainchi 2019-03-28 06:58
Here say stories. Fake news to blame our minister Kutesa.

Now that we know truth about smear campaign against Donald Trump and that he was acquired of any wring doing ,we reserve our commoner sense for our own judgements.

Sam Kutesa is innocent and it was smear campaign against one of the prominent Uganda politicians.We salute you Honorable!!!
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-1 #2 Lakwena 2019-03-28 12:50
Quoting Wainainchi:
Here say stories. Fake news to blame our minister Kutesa.

Now that we know truth about smear campaign against Donald Trump and that he was acquired of any wring doing ,we reserve our commoner sense for our own judgements.

Sam Kutesa is innocent and it was smear campaign against one of the prominent Uganda politicians.We salute you Honorable!!!


But Wainainchi, why is it your business defending Mr. M7 and his Muko, Kuteesa's wrongdoing of receiving US$.500,000 bribe each from Mr. Patrick Ho Chi Ping?

Do you want to go to hell on their behalf or what?
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0 #3 WADADA roger 2019-03-28 18:54
And the main thug is in Uganda enjoying tax payer's money, let them extradite him
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