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US clears Senegalese ex-foreign minister in bribery scheme

AFP  |  Washington 

The has dismissed a major complaint against former Senegalese Cheikh Gadio, the Justice Department said.

A confirmed "the dismissal of the complaint against Gadio" in an email to AFP on Saturday.

US authorities arrested Gadio and Hong Kong's former home affairs in November 2017 for allegedly leading a multimillion dollar scheme in on behalf of a top Chinese company.

The company was not identified in the announcement or the complaint filed in New York federal district court, but details in the complaint pointed to CEFC Energy, the Shanghai-based rising star of China's industry.

In the Justice Department complaint, the two men allegedly offered a USD 2 million bribe to the of "to obtain valuable oil rights," and a USD 500,000 bribe to an account designated by the of Uganda, who had recently completed his term as the of the

The charges were based on their use of the US system to process almost a million dollars in payoffs, sent under the guise of donations.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 12:20 IST