A former Hong Kong official, reportedly entered a not guilty plea and was denied bail in federal district court in New York related to a number of FCPA, conspiracy, and money laundering counts. He was charged in late 2017, along with his co-defendant, the former Foreign Minister of Senegal, with offering $2 million in bribes to the President of Chad. The former official is also alleged to have paid a half-million dollar bribe to the foreign affairs minister of Uganda. The DOJ alleges that he sought to direct bribe money through an NGO that he ran, which is funded by a Chinese-based oil and gas company.

The prosecution of the former official is noteworthy because the DOJ is seeking to prosecute a non-U.S. citizen for alleged bribery between Chinese and African interests.