Former UN General Assembly President John Ashe is dead at the age of 61
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Former UN General Assembly President John Ashe is dead at the age of 61

By TDN News Staff
June 22, 2016 8:16 P.M


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Former Antigua ambassador to the UN John Ashe.
New York, NY (TDN) John Ashe, a former United Nations General Assembly president who was scheduled to appear in a New York court on Monday June 27, 2016 on bribery charges, has died, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

U.S. prosecutors had arrested Ashe on charges that he took $1.3 million (877,490) in bribes from Chinese businessmen Ng Lap Seng who has also been arrested and is awaiting a court trial.

The former Antigua U.N. ambassador who served as General Assembly president from 2013 to 2014, died of a massive heart attack. He was 61.

Prosecutors also said that Ashe took more than $800,000 in bribes from various Chinese businessmen to support business deals in Antigua, and shared the bribe money with a former prime minister of Antigua.

Ashe was also provided with a vacation in an $850-a-night suite in New Orleans, a $30,000 basketball court in his home, $59,000 in tailored clothing, $54,000 in Rolexes, $40,000 in BMW payments and $69,000 to join a vacation club.

In return he wrote a letter of support to the UN on behalf of Ng who wanted to build a multibillion-dollar U.N. conference center in Macau.

US prosecutors also went after Ashe for reportedly under-reporting his income by more than $1.2 million.

Others indicted in the conspiracy were Jeff Yin, 29; Shiwei Yan, 57; and Francis Lorenzo, 48, a Dominican Republic ambassador to the UN. Yan and Lorenzo have both pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

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