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Ex-UN General Assembly chief dies amid bribery case

Former United Nations General Assembly president John Ashe of Antigua has died amid an ongoing bribery case.

Paul Ashe said his older brother died in the United States.

Mr Ashe, 61, was a former UN ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who served in the largely ceremonial post of president of the 193-nation assembly from September 2013 to September 2014.

He was accused by US federal authorities of turning the position into a "platform for profit" by accepting more than one million dollars (£680,000) in bribes.

The alleged conspiracy involves six others, including a billionaire Chinese property mogul, two diplomats and a humanitarian organisation officer.


From Belfast Telegraph