Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ex-UN General Assembly chief dies amid bribery case

Published 23/06/2016 | 06:11

Mr Ashe was 61
Mr Ashe was 61

Former United Nations General Assembly president John Ashe of Antigua has died amid an ongoing bribery case.

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Paul Ashe said his older brother died in the United States.

Mr Ashe, 61, was a former UN ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who served in the largely ceremonial post of president of the 193-nation assembly from September 2013 to September 2014.

He was accused by US federal authorities of turning the position into a "platform for profit" by accepting more than one million dollars (£680,000) in bribes.

The alleged conspiracy involves six others, including a billionaire Chinese property mogul, two diplomats and a humanitarian organisation officer.

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