항소 법원, 헌터 바이든과 연계 된 중국 싱크 탱크 관계자의 뇌물 유죄 판결

항소 법원, 헌터 바이든과 연계 된 중국 싱크 탱크 관계자의 뇌물 유죄 판결

A three-judge panel on the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has upheld the bribery conviction for Chi Ping Patrick Ho, the former Hong Kong home affairs secretary and former chairman of a think tank funded by a 중국말 energy conglomerate, CEFC.

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A federal jury convicted Ho on Dec. 5, 2018, on charges related to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Ho was accused of offering bribes on behalf of CEFC China Energy, a major Chinese energy conglomerate, to officials from Uganda and Chad for oil drilling rights.

Prosecutors said that Ho and CEFC executives offered $ 2 million in cash stuffed in a box to President Idriss Déby of Chad during a meeting in December 2014. 그 동안에, Uganda’s foreign minister, Sam Kutesa, allegedly accepted a $ 500,000 bribe disguised as a payment to a charitable foundation from Ho around February 2016.

Despite Ho’s claim of insufficient evidence, the judges said in the ruling that evidence introduced at trial wasmore than sufficientto prove that Ho acted on behalf of a U.S. non-governmental organization toassist it in obtaining business for CEFC Energy

Ho was sentenced last year to 36 months in prison and imposed a fine of $ 400,000. He was released in June due to good behavior.

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Emails and text messages obtained by Fox News show President-Election Joe Biden’s son, 헌터 바이든, attempted to secure a business deal with CEFC.

Correspondence with CEFC Chairman Ye Jianming from 2017 shows Hunter Biden extendedbest wishes from the entire Biden family,” and urged the chairman to “빨리” send a $ 10 million wire toproperly fund and operatea joint venture. 그만큼 $ 10 million transfer to the joint venture was never completed.

According to a September report released by the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Senate Finance Committee on its investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, CEFC wired $ 1 million to his law firm in March 2018 for Ho’s legal case.

The report also said that Jianming and other Chinese nationalswho had business dealings with Hunter Bidenwere linked to the Chinese Communist government and the People’s Liberation Army.

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The decision by the judges comes following an announcement that Hunter Biden’s tax affairs are under a federal investigation. A source told Fox News the investigation was predicated, 일부, by Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) regarding foreign transactions. Another source familiar with the matter said that the SARs were regarding funds fromChina and other foreign nations.

President-elect Joe Biden is currently not a subject of the investigation.

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