Former Hong Kong Official Pleads Not Guilty in Africa Bribery Case

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A former home secretary of Hong Kong has pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges that he tried to bribe government officials in Chad and Uganda on behalf of a Chinese energy company.

Chi Ping Patrick Ho was arrested in November. He and Cheikh Gadio, a former foreign minister of Senegal, are accused of involvement in a scheme to pay President Idriss Déby of Chad $2 million “’in exchange for securing business advantages’ for the conglomerate in its effort to obtain oil rights in the country without facing international competition.”

Ho was also allegedly connected to a scheme to wire a $500,000 bribe to an account controlled by Uganda’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa.

Trained as an eye surgeon in the United States, Mr. Ho, 68, served as Hong Kong’s home affairs secretary from 2002 to 2007. After leaving office, he became the secretary general of the China Energy Fund Committee, a Hong Kong research organization that gets financing from CEFC China Energy Company, a major energy conglomerate that is based in Shanghai and has ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

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