A former United Nations General Assembly president was arrested in the United States this week.
John Ashe is accused of accepting over $1 million and cheating on taxes to help support the interests of a Chinese businessman. A U.S. government official told reporters that Mr. Ashe sold himself and the international agency he led.
He was Antigua and Barbuda's ambassador to the UN from 2004 until 2013. At that time, he was elected as the president of the 68th session of the General Assembly.
John Ashe, who is 61 years old, was arrested on Tuesday at his home, just outside New York City. The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, described the charges against Mr. Ashe. They include accepting at least $1.3 million dollars in bribes in 2013 and 2014. The attorney also says Mr. Ashe did not pay U.S. taxes on the money and gifts he received. The gifts were said to include Rolex watches and a private basketball court.
John Ashe is accused of taking the money from a Chinese businessman named Ng Lap Seng, also known as David Ng. Mr. Ng is a billionaire from Macau. He was arrested last month on separate charges.
U.S. government lawyers say Mr. Ng wanted Mr. Ashe to persuade UN officials to build a conference center in Macau. Mr. Ashe reportedly wrote and prepared an official UN document supporting Mr. Ng's proposal.
U.S. officials have charged Mr. Ashe and five others in the complaint. The five include Francis Lorenzo, who is the current deputy ambassador of the Dominic Republic to the UN. The four others are Chinese business associates of Mr. Ng.
A UN spokesperson told reporters that the US government did not tell the secretariat about the investigation. He added that the secretary-general was "shocked and deeply troubled" by the charges.
The tax charges against Mr. Ashe carry a punishment of up to six years in prison. However, government lawyers say the final charges against him could be more severe.
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1.John Ashe is accused of taking the money from a Chinese businessman named Ng Lap Seng, also known as David Ng. Mr. Ng is a billionaire from Macau.
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2.The tax charges against Mr. Ashe carry a punishment of up to six years in prison.
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约翰·阿什(John Ashe)被指控受贿超过1百万美元并逃税漏税，帮助维护一位中国商人的利益。一位美国政府官员告诉记者，阿什出卖了自己以及他所领导的国际机构 。
61岁的阿什于周二在纽约市郊的家中被逮捕。纽约南部地区律师Preet Bharara对阿什先生的控罪做出了解释 。控罪包括在2013年和2014年收受至少130万美元贿赂 。这位律师还表示，阿什先生收到这些金钱和礼物后没有向美国缴税 。据称这些礼物包括劳力士手表和一个私人篮球场 。
阿什被指控收受来自中国商人吴立胜的贿赂。吴立胜是澳门亿万富翁 。他上个月因为其它罪名被逮捕 。
美国官员在控诉中指控了阿什和其他5人。这5人包括多米尼克共和国驻联合国副大使Francis Lorenzo 。另外4人是吴先生的中国生意伙伴 。