Ng Lap Seng trial starts

Local billionaire real estate developer Ng Lap Seng goes to trial today on charges of bribery of United Nations officials, for which he has pleaded not guilty. The bribes were allegedly to pave the way for the construction of a multi-billion-U.S. dollar conference centre in the MSAR. Ng is one of seven people charged since 2015 in the United Nations-related probe, notes Reuters. Ng is charged with bribing former UN General Assembly president John Ashe with over US$500,000 (MOP4 mln), as well as other diplomats. Ashe died while under house arrest after dropping a barbell on his neck.