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In UN Bribery Case, Ho Again Seeks Bail, Saying CEFC Is With UN Like Salvation Army

By Matthew Russell Lee, Video, letter; ICP in HK, here

UNITED NATIONS, January 6 – On November 20, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York issued an indictment against the head of the UN ECOSOC accredited China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) Patrick Ho and former Senegal foreign minister Cheikh Gadio, accused together of bribing Chad's President Idriss Deby (as well as, for Ho, of bribing former UN President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa, now as then the foreign minister of Uganda). Inner City Press has covered the case and repeatedly asked the UN why Secretary General Antonio Guterres has not even started an audit based on the indictment, including of how CEFC got its UN status and even remains in the UN Global Compact espousing anti-corruption goals. But Guterres has done nothing. Now Ho will be asking to be released on bail on January 8, and his argument includes that he is the head of "UN recognized" NGO similar, Ho's brief argues, to the American Bar Association, the Salvation Army and the World Jewish Congress. So the UN's inaction is now part of UN bribery indictee Ho's argument to be released. The filing, dated January 5, says Ho is "the leader of a non-governmental organization recognized by the United Nations....After leaving government service, Dr. Ho became the Deputy Chairman and Secretary General of the China Energy Fund Committee (“CEFC”), a Hong Kong based non governmental organization that has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Other organizations with Special Consultative Status include the American Bar Association, the Salvation Army, and the World Jewish Congress." The proposal is for Ho to be released on $10 million bond secured by $2 million in cash, into home detention in Manhattan with electronic monitoring. We'll have more on this.


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