A Chinese billionaire arrested in a United Nations bribery scandal asserted in court papers Thursday that charges against him were politically motivated, a way for the United States to block his construction of a major U.N. conference center in China and slow the progress of Chinese influence over developing nations.
Lawyers for Ng Lap Seng said in papers filed in Manhattan federal court that charges brought against the 68-year-old businessman last fall were based on a “fundamentally unsound” and unprecedented criminal prosecution.
They said the charges had derailed any plans for a permanent conference center in Macau that would serve southern hemisphere nations.
“There is every reason to believe that the U.N. has, indeed, completely shelved the idea of such a center. The U.S. geopolitical interest in slowing the progress of Chinese influence over developing nations has been achieved,” the lawyers wrote. Read More