Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

US SUPREME COURT DENIES CERTIORARI TO NG LAP SENG IN UN BRIBERY CASE




The US Supreme Court petition of Dominica's most notorious diplomat, the convicted Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, has been denied, closing the final chapter in Seng's efforts to avoid serving the rest of his Federal Prison sentence for bribing United Nations officials, so that they would approve his plans to build a conference center in Macau, for annual UN events.

Seng's District Court conviction and sentence was affirmed on appeal to the Second Circuit, and his Certiorari petition was his last chance to obtain a reversal or new trial. Any subsequent actions that he may file in the future are in the nature of prisoner's petitions, and  acceptance of the case is totally discretionary with the court where he chooses to file them, In essence, his bribery conviction is final, with little or no chance of a favorable outcome in any future legal effort.

Seng's case raised compliance officer awareness of an underground, sordid diplomatic passport pay-to-play industry in the East Caribbean States, whereby white collar criminals can purchase, for what is generally a huge sum, a Dominica diplomatic passport. Seng, who has become the Poster Boy for Caribbean corruption, due to this case, must now serve the balance of his sentence, after which he will be deported to China. The reputation damage to Dominica will, however, be permanent.

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