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

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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