A former Senegalese foreign minister says the president of Chad became furious after a Hong Kong businessman tried to bribe him with $2 million amid discussions of oil rights.

Cheikh Gadio, of Senegal, told a federal jury in New York on Wednesday that President Idriss Deby, of Chad, demanded an explanation after the cash turned up in gifts he received from a Chinese oil and gas conglomerate.

In this courtroom sketch, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, left, listens to former Serbian foreign minister and former President of the United Nations General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, right, testifies on the witness stand during a federal bribery trial of prominent Hong Kong businessman Chi Ping Patrick Ho, in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Jeremic said Tuesday that he never witnessed
In this courtroom sketch, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, left, listens to former Serbian foreign minister and former President of the United Nations General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, right, testifies on the witness stand during a federal bribery trial of prominent Hong Kong businessman Chi Ping Patrick Ho, in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Jeremic said Tuesday that he never witnessed “anything improper” on the part of Ho on trial in New York on charges of bribing government leaders in two African nations to land lucrative business deals for a Chinese oil and gas conglomerate. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

Gadio’s testimony came on the third day of the bribery trial of Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho. He told jurors that Deby condemned the attempted bribery and asked why “people believe that all African leaders are corrupt.”

In this courtroom sketch, former Senegal Foreign Minister Cheikh Gadio speaks on the witness stand during a federal bribery trial of prominent Hong Kong businessman Chi Ping Patrick Ho, in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Ho is charged with bribing government leaders in two African nations to secure oil rights for the CEFC China Energy. His attorneys say the payments were not bribes but charitable donations. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)
In this courtroom sketch, former Senegal Foreign Minister Cheikh Gadio speaks on the witness stand during a federal bribery trial of prominent Hong Kong businessman Chi Ping Patrick Ho, in New York on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Ho is charged with bribing government leaders in two African nations to secure oil rights for the CEFC China Energy. His attorneys say the payments were not bribes but charitable donations. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

Ho’s defense attorneys have said the payment was a documented donation to Chad. Gadio had been charged in the case but later agreed to testify against Gadio.

Source: The Associated Press

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