Indictment brings additional bribery charges in UN case

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NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors in New York have beefed up charges in a bribery case that has ensnared a former president of the United Nations General Assembly, a Dominican diplomat and a Chinese billionaire.

The indictment was brought Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. It boosts bribery charges brought against wealthy real estate mogul Ng Lap Seng (eeng-lap-sing) and suspended ambassador to the United Nations from the Dominican Republic Francis Lorenzo. It adds a money laundering charge against them.

But no new charges were brought against former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda John Ashe, who served as president of the U.N. General Assembly until a year ago. He faces tax charges.

Ng’s lawyer promises the case will be “vigorously defended.” Other lawyers haven’t commented.

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