US indicts Ban Ki-moon’s brother & nephew in multimillion-dollar bribery case

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‘A US bribery case against two relatives of former UN chief Ban Ki-moon could thwart the diplomat’s expected bid for the South Korean presidency. Ban’s brother and nephew are accused of bribing an official to push through the $800 million sale of a building in Vietnam.

“Ban was greatly surprised by the news, which he learned from the media. He knows nothing about it,” Ban’s spokesman, Lee Do-woon, said.

The former UN chief plans to travel through South Korea to speak to the public until late January as part of his anticipated presidential bid, the spokesman added.

“What [Ban] needs to do is draw a line and say he has nothing to do with [the alleged improprieties],” Kim Sang-jin, professor of political science at Konkuk University, told Reuters. “He needs to be convincing in his explanation, otherwise people will start doubting him.”‘

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