Dominican Diplomat Charged in UN Bribery Case Gets $2Mln Bail

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The Deputy Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations obtained a $2 million bail.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Deputy Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations (UN) Francis Lorenzo, who was arrested in a bribery case that involved former UN Assembly president, obtained a $2 million bail, local media reported on Friday.

US Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman set bail and ordered Lorenzo to live with his mother in Bronx, New York, the Courthouse News Service reported.

On Tuesday, US authorities arrested Lorenzo together with former UN General Assembly President John Ashe and four other individuals. They were charged in a $1.3 million bribery scheme that spanned for years.

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Former UN General Assembly President Charged in Corruption Scheme
The positions in which Ashe served allowed him to allegedly perform official actions for Chinese and Antiguan businesspeople seeking benefits within the UN and in Antigua.

Ashe, who had also served as ambassador to the UN for Antigua and Barbuda, has been additionally accused of sharing his bribe payments with the former prime minister of the country.

If convicted, Lorenzo faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

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