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The UN, Corruption, and Internal Investigations

Tom Fox | October 30, 2015

Another corrupt scandal hit the United Nations recently. The claim was made that a former General Assembly president, John Ashe, and perhaps others had engaged in receiving bribes and other corruption from a Chinese businessman, Ng Lap Seng, and others.

The allegations were that Ng made a $1.5 million “donation” for the development of a United Nations center in the Chinese-held island of Macau. It may be that the money was never used for development, but rather went into the pockets of Ashe and other United Nations officials. Ashe was arrested by U.S. authorities for both tax fraud and receiving bribes from Ng.

Other than yet another embarrassment for the United Nations, the allegations are nothing unusual so far. What was was the response by the United Nations. A Wall Street Journal article quoted Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-...

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