Trial starts for Hong Kong businessman in bribery case

Posted at 8:09 AM, Nov 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-25 09:09:17-05

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York trial of a prominent Hong Kong businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy is set to begin.

Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho.

Ho was arrested a year ago on charges accusing him of paying bribes so a Chinese energy conglomerate could secure business advantages. He has been held without bail.

His lawyer says Ho is looking forward to clearing his name. Ho was once Hong Kong’s home affairs secretary.

Ho has insisted he is not guilty of charges that he conspired in October 2014 to bribe the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister.

Prosecutors say Ho’s former co-defendant will testify at trial that Ho arranged a $2 million bribe to be delivered to Chad’s president in gift boxes.