Former president of the United Nations General Assembly arrested and accused of corruption

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including expensive watches, payments to cover a New Orleans family vacation and construction for a private basketball court at his house in New York. Prosecutors want to prove the existence of a vast corruption scheme including five other people. John Ashe was accused in principal of taking more than $1.3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen to support their interests through UN-sponsored projects. The suspected persons, including John Ashe, were arrested. New York prosecutors said John Ashe “converted the UN into a platform for profit.” US attorney Preet Bharara  even rhetorically asked: “Is bribery business as usual at the UN?” Possibly other people will be charged. UN’s legal department and senior officials were not informed of the investigation in advance.

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