NEW YORK (AP) — A Hong Kong businessman charged in a United Nations-linked bribery conspiracy has pleaded not guilty.
Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho said "not guilty, judge" on Monday to each of eight counts he faces in Manhattan federal court.
Prosecutors say the 68-year-old former Hong Kong government official and another businessman arranged bribes to the president of Chad and the Ugandan foreign minister to secure business advantages for a Chinese energy conglomerate.
Ho once was Hong Kong's home affairs secretary and remains jailed without bail pending a scheduled court appearance on Feb. 2.
His lawyers indicated in a court filing Friday they would ask Judge Katherine Forrest to release him on $10 million bail. But there was no mention of his bail request at Monday's hearing. One of his lawyers declined to comment afterward.