‘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.”‘