The New York trial of a prominent Hong Kong businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy is set to begin.

Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho.

Ho was arrested a year ago on charges accusing him of paying bribes so a Chinese energy conglomerate could secure business advantages. He has been held without bail.

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2018 courtroom sketch, former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, a prominent businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery scandal, attends his bail hearing in New York. Jury selection starts for Ho's bribery trial starts Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 in New York. He was arrested in 2017 on charges he paid bribes so a Chinese energy conglomerate could secure business advantages. (Elizabeth Williams via AP, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2018 courtroom sketch, former Hong Kong home affairs secretary Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, a prominent businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery scandal, attends his bail hearing in New York. Jury selection starts for Ho’s bribery trial starts Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 in New York. He was arrested in 2017 on charges he paid bribes so a Chinese energy conglomerate could secure business advantages. (Elizabeth Williams via AP, File)

His lawyer says Ho is looking forward to clearing his name. Ho was once Hong Kong’s home affairs secretary.

Ho has insisted he is not guilty of charges that he conspired in October 2014 to bribe the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister.

Prosecutors say Ho’s former co-defendant will testify at trial that Ho arranged a $2 million bribe to be delivered to Chad’s president in gift boxes.

Source: The Associated Press

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