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After UN Bribery Indictee Patrick Ho Denied Bail Vuk Jeremic Linked, ICP Asks, Guterres Cover Up

By Matthew Russell Lee, Video, Q&A, HK here, Vuk

UNITED NATIONS, May 29 – Four months after the arrest for UN bribery of Patrick Ho, the head of China Energy Fund Committee full funded by CEFC China Energy, his ultimate boss at CEFC Ye Jianming was brought in for questioning in China.  On May 17, Ho was denied bail in a proceeding in which the UN was described as corrupted, and Ho's emails offering bribes to the foundation of UN President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa were made part of the judge's order. Post-hearing Periscope video here. On May 18, Inner City Press asked UN spokesman Farhan Haq about it, video here, UN transcript here: and below. On May 28, with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres still not having even started an audit, the scope of the China Energy Fund Committee / Ye Jianming / Patrick Ho scandal expands again as to the UN. Yet another President of the UN General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, is reported have received his funding from Ho, Ye Jinming and CEFC, click here for example, citing Inner City Press and its questions to "Farhan Haku," and reporting that "Ho was one of Jermic's main financiers and that he had transferred 4.3 million euros to Jeremic's organization and his private company." On May 29, Inner City Press asked Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric, why no audit? From the UN transcript: Inner City Press:  There has been a development in the Patrick Ho China Energy Fund Committee case where it's reported extensively in Serbia that yet another former President of the General Assembly, in this case Vuk Jeremic, had received some $9 million from China Energy Fund Committee.  So, I wanted to ask you each time this comes up you say, you know, does it… now that this, in this current case pending in the southern district two separate PGA/former PGAs have appeared to be… have received funds from this group.  Is it time for an audit, or not?

Spokesman:  A few things.  As you know, Presidents of the General Assembly are not staff members.  Obviously, the Secretary-General would expect the highest level of ethical behaviour from people fulfilling that post.  I think any questions and accusations regarding past Presidents of the General Assembly should go to them.  We have been cooperating fully with the Southern District of New York in the conduct of that case.

Question:  Well, just one follow-up because the question for the UN is given that especially you have spoken for both of them, Ban Ki-moon ordered an OIOS [Office of Internal Oversight Services] audit of the Ng Lap Seng case totally outside, I think, it seems to me of the US court process.  That was one PGA [President of the General Assembly].  This case involves two PGAs, as well as DESA [Department of Economic and Social Affairs] and untold, unknown the scope of…?

Spokesman:  I understand.  What I'm telling you is we have cooperated fully with the… ee've cooperated fully.  Thank you.  Linda." Video here.  From the May 18 UN transcript: Inner City Press:  Yesterday, there was a court hearing down in the Southern District of New York where Patrick Ho was applying once again…  of the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) was applying again for bail. He was denied, but I'm asking you this, because in the court hearing, it was said, these were two direct quotes.  One quote was that he's charged with "corrupting the UN", and second quote is "many people at the UN were involved".  So it made me wonder, and I looked around the courtroom, whether the UN is already following this case?  I'm aware that there has yet…  at least my understanding is there's no audit yet.  Is OLA (Office of Legal Affairs)…  do they have somebody there?  Are they ringing up fees, would be one way to put it, but what's your response to these statements in court?

Deputy Spokesman:  We're monitoring this case and, as you know, we've been cooperating with the US legal authorities concerning this overall case.

Inner City Press:  In this case…  in this case…  I know that in the previous case documents were provided and $302,000 were paid as legal fees back to the UN.  In the case of Patrick Ho and CEFC, have documents been provided to the prosecution?

Deputy Spokesman:  We're cooperating as needed with the authorities." And charging?  China Energy Fund Committee, the bribery vehicle, is still in special consultative status with UN ECOSOC. Oft-traveling Secretary General Antonio Guterres has not even ordered an audit (though he keeps restrictions on Inner City Press which covered the Ng Lap Seng and now Patrick Ho UN bribery scandals. The UN is a corrupted institution. In court on May 17, Ho's lawyer 
Andrew Levander argued that now China is cutting "the energy company" CEFC China Energy no slack. Prosecutor Douglas Zolkind on the other hand emphasized that the energy company has now essentially been taken over the Chinese government, which he also said controls Hong Kong's decisions to extradite or not. Judge Katherine Forrest noted that the energy company is paying Ho's legal fees and said its motives could not be known. She read into the record not only the Kutesa emails in Paragraph 40 of the complaint but also those about Chad's president Deby in Paragraphs 24 and 26. It was said the case "involves many people at the UN." We'll have more on this. On May 15 the prosecution detailed how the bribes were paid, as part of responding to Ho's motion to dismissed. The funds to Kutesa when from HSBC in Hong Kong to Deutsche Bank in New York to Stanbic in Uganda. The funded to Gadio, in two tranches, when from HSBC in Hong Kong to HSBC in New York to Mashreq Bank in New York to Mashreq Bank in Dubai. On May 17 Ho should hear a ruling on his re-request for bail. At the UN, which has yet to even order an audit while Ho's China Energy Fund Committee is still in special consultative status with UN ECOSOC, Inner City Press asked if the UN hopes to get awarded attorneys fees like it did, to the tune of $302,000, in the case of Ng Lap Seng, with the same prosecutors. The UN declined to comment - it remains UNreformed. Watch this site. On May 2, Patrick Ho and five lawyers argued for more than an hour to try to get bail granted - it was not. Judge Katherine Forrest noted that even if Ho's motions to dismiss some counts, and to suppress evidence collected with his iPad password, are in fact granted, the case will still proceed. She asked his lawyers to research whether the equity in his mother's home in Hong Kong could be transferred to a bank in the United States. Ho's lawyer Andrew Levander quoted him that this is a case not only against Ho, but also against CEFC and China it its "One Belt, One Road." The prosecution's Douglas Zolkind recounted how Ho inside the UN worked with former Senegal foreign minister Gadio to bribe Chadian president Gadio, who "laughingly" referred to Brazilian bribes for another oil concession. Ho's lawyers analogized him to Jeff Bezos of Amazon and to Donald J. Trump. He will be back in court in a forthnight on May 17 at 3 pm - and so will we. Post hearing Periscope video here.

Management and day to day operations of CEFC have reportedly been taken over by the Shanghai city government's investment arm, Shanghai Guosheng Group Company. At the UN, Inner City Press asked if this meant that its fundee could not longer be in special consultative status to UN ECOSOC; this has not been answered. Inner City Press made this connection: the president of ECOSOC is Marie Chatardová, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN. Her president, in Prague Castle, is Miloš Zeman -- who, like Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa when he was UN President of the General Assembly, made
Ye Jianming an official adviser. (Inner City Press' CEFC investigative covered has been picked up in the Czech media, for example here.) Amazingly, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has yet to even order an audit, which his predecessor Ban Ki-moon did in the case resulting in a 48 month sentence for Ng Lap Seng (while also evicted Inner City Press for pursuing the story; Guterres and his Global Communicator Alison Smale continue the restrictions). Watch this site.


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