U.S. federal prosecutors on Tuesday indicted a former UN General Assembly president for engaging in a broad bribery scheme.
The indictment of John Ashe and four others in a Manhattan federal court came two weeks after his arrest in New York.
In a complaint filed Oct. 6, Ashe is accused of taking more than $1.3 million in bribes from several Chinese businessmen, including Ng Lap Seng, a prominent real estate developer based in the Chinese territory of Macau.
Ashe, 61, who is from Antigua and Barbuda, performed official actions for the businessmen within the UN and his home country in exchange for bribes, according to the complaint.
In one instance, $500,000 was wired into Ashe's account by Ng, who was seeking to build a multibillion dollar, UN-sponsored conference center in Macau, the complaint alleged.