In November 2017, former Home Secretary of Hong Kong, Patrick Ho Chi-ping, was arrested in New York for (inter alia) attempting to bribe officials in Chad and Uganda for the benefit of Shanghai-based energy conglomerate, CEFC China Energy.
This week, following a review of new documents, New York prosecutors have alleged that Mr Ho Chi-ping had utilised CEFC China Energy to broker arms transactions and business with Iran, in violation of US sanctions. Furthermore, that he had engaged in discussions regarding the supply of arms to Chad, Libya, South Sudan and Qatar. US prosecutors have not filed charges for the alleged sanctions violations, but will seek to use that evidence to prove that Mr Ho Chi-ping has a history of doing business involving arms transactions and oil rights in the Middle East and Asia, in return for favourable treatment in the region for CEFC China Energy. Mr Ho Chi-ping is scheduled to stand trial next month.