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UN Bribery Trial Tees Up Questions On FCPA, Corruption

Law360, New York (May 26, 2017, 8:11 PM EDT) -- A trial set this coming week in a complex case against a Chinese businessman accused of bribing U.N. officials sets the stage for a judge to consider unique questions about the scope of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other U.S. bribery laws.

Prosecutors claim Ng Lap Seng paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to former U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe and former Dominican U.N. diplomat Francis Lorenzo to champion Ng as the developer for a multibillion-dollar U.N. conference center in Macau. The government’s legal theory is a hybrid: Ng is charged with violating both the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...

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