Chinese businessmen seek distance from corruption case

HONG KONG - Chinese businessmen have moved to distance themselves from United Nations diplomats under arrest on corruption-related charges in New York.

Francis Lorenzo, deputy ambassador to the United Nations for the Dominican Republic, and John W. Ashe, who was UN ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda and president of the UN General Assembly, were arrested on Oct. 6. US prosecutors have alleged in a criminal complaint that Lorenzo and two women funneled $1.3 million in bribes to Ashe from David Ng Lap-seng of Macau and three unnamed Chinese businessmen.

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