U.S. Urges South Korea to arrest the brother of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, on charges of bribery

NEW YORK/SEOUL (AP)-the U.S. Government asked South Korea to arrest brother of former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, is accused of engaging in a bribery scheme to carry out sales of Viet Nam building complex. Friday.

During a hearing in federal court in Manhattan, Assistant u.s. Attorney Daniel Noble said he had ordered the arrest of Ban Ki-sang, who was a construction company Executive from South Korea Keangnam Enterprises co. Ltd.

Noble said the United States plans to seek his extradition, “but has not been arrested.”

The Ministry of Justice of South Korea discuss request to capture Ban but “it is still not the formal consultation,” said Yonhap News Agency quoted unidentified judicial sources in the country.

Justice Department officials could not be reached for comment. An official of the Foreign Affairs section of the national police agency said it had not yet received an official request to capture the Ban and refused to give further details.

Ban Ki-sang could not be reached for comment. An official of Keangnam said Ban has left the company in March 2015 and is not aware of its existence.

Ban Ki-sang is one of the four defendants on 10 January in a complicated case that his brother’s candidacy for President of South Korea after his recently completed at the United Nations.

These cases have resulted in the arrest of another of the family of the former Secretary General of the UN, Joo Hyun “Dennis” Bahn, a real estate agent who lives in New Jersey, the nephew of Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki and children singing.

Ban Ki-moon, who occupies the second position in the polls among potential candidates for the President of South Korea, issued an apology on Saturday in Seoul and said he hoped that the cooperation between the authorities of South Korea and the United States is “rigorous and transparent.”
“I have absolutely no knowledge about this,” Ban, who has not officially announced his candidacy, adding that he expects the authorities to clarify the suspicion among the people of South Korea said.

According to the indictment, in the midst of a crisis of liquidity on the Keangnam Ban Ki-sang, 69, is set to hire his son to negotiate refinancing at 72 Hanoi Landmark complex, which cost more than one billion dollars to build.

The indictment says that in March 2013 Bahn through acquaintances met Malcolm Harris, a consultant and self-described art and fashion blogger who is also accused in the case.

Prosecutors say Harris says Bahn can help achieve agreement through their connection, he said that members of the Royal family were included in the Middle East, and offered to arrange the sale of the Landmark 72 to bribe an official of sovereign funds.

In April 2014, Ban Ki-Bahn and sing agreed to pay kickbacks of $500,000 and $2 million by the end of the official sales, said, prosecutors.

But prosecutors said Harris did not have a relationship with the official, and after people who sent $500,000 to his company, Muse Creative Consulting LLC, paid the bribe as a middle man, stole the funds.

He spent the money on a plane ticket, hotel, luxury food, furniture, rent an apartment in Manhattan and six months for the penthouse in the elegant environment of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, according to the indictment.

Bahn, 38, and Harris, 52, pleaded not guilty.

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