Ex-U.N. chief Ban 'perplexed and embarrassed' over relatives' bribery case

Alicia WestJan 13, 2017

"For the last 10 years or so I, as United Nations chief, have made my efforts for peace of the mankind, human rights protection of the weak, the development of the poor countries, the climate change, and gender equality", Mr. Ban stressed.He went on to say that he realized how important the national security is by witnessing war calamities in various places in the world for the last 10 years."I personally saw and felt how a leader's failure could ruin people's lives", Mr. Ban emphasized.

While stopping short of announcing a presidential bid, Ban confirmed he was considering a return to the domestic arena on Thursday.

Ban addressed the crowd at the airport, saying, according to Yonhap, "I have already said that I am ready to give my all (for the country) and my determination remains unchanged".

Based on communications with Harris, in April 2014, Bahn and Ban Ki-sang agreed to pay an upfront $500,000 bribe and another $2 million upon the sale's closing to an official at the Middle Eastern country's sovereign wealth fund, the indictment said.

After legally obtaining financing, Bahn and Ban "engaged in a corrupt scheme to pay bribes" to the unidentified foreign official through Harris, according to the indictment, who told the men that he worked for the official.

My nephew is grown and I barely had any involvement in his life or how he does business.
Ban said he had done nothing against his conscience while holding public office in South Korea and the United Nations, strongly denying any involvement in the case. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday tried hard to show his people-friendly identity as he returned to his home country, South Korea, following the end of his 10-year tenure in the top UN post. Ban has called the report ill-founded and threatened to take legal action against the magazine. South Korea is originally scheduled to hold a presidential election in December.

She noted he had no passport, had lived in the United States for 18 years and had not been back to South Korea since 2002.

Ban's return comes at a time of national uncertainty with tens of thousands of people marching in weekly protests demanding the permanent removal of scandal-hit Park, who was impeached by parliament last month over a corruption scandal. "I will make a selfless decision with a humble heart".

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