The charges for corruption targeting family members of former United Nations’ General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, does not concern the UN, declared on Wednesday the organization’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, to AFP.
The nephew of the former general secretary, who left his position on December 31, and his father were charged on Tuesday in New York for attempted corruption of a leader in the Middle East linked to a building in Vietnam, according to a document consulted by Agence France Presse.
‘The allegations handed down on Tuesday do not concern the United Nations and I will not comment on the subject’, said the UN spokesman.
Joo Hyun Bahn and his father, Ban Ki Sang, are believed to have paid between March 2013 and May 2015, a bribe to an intermediary to convince the authorities of a monarchy in the Middle East, whose name was not mentioned, to buy this house by means of a sovereign fund.
The two tried to have a meeting with the leader of the monarchy, who had come to New York to attend the UN General Assembly.
When this information was discovered and began to be published, Ban Ki-moon said at the time that ‘he is not acquainted with the activities of his nephew’.
The building was owned by the South Korean group Keangnam, where Ban Ki Sang was one of the leaders and was forced to sell it to escape his financial problems.
The United Nations has been the victim of a scandal last year when a former president of the General Assembly, John Ashe, was indicted for accepting bribes over a million dollars from a Chinese network. John Ashe died in late June after a heart attack.