Ban Ki-moon’s Family under Attack – Signal for New UN Secretary General

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The US government has asked South Korea to arrest a brother of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ban Ki-moon's Family under Attack - Signal for New UN Secretary General

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Photo: AP Photo / Martin Mejia)

The US government has appealed to South Korea, asking to arrest a brother of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Reuters news agency reported, citing a statement of the US Attorney General.

According to the investigators, brother of the former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-sang, was a member of a criminal group, which was paying bribes to officials of Middle Eastern countries in order to sale a building complex in Vietnam, worth $800 million.

Assistant US Attorney Daniel Noble said that the US is going to seek an extradition of Ban Ki-sang, however, now he is still on the loose.

The US authorities also accuse a nephew of the former UN Secretary-General, Joo Hyun Bahn, for the same reason. Bahn is a real estate broker in New York and, currently, he is remains in custody. Ban Ki-sang works as a senior adviser in the Keangnam Enterprises Co Ltd construction company.

The investigators believe that in 2013, Keangnam faced a liquidity crisis and asked Joo Hyun Bahn to find an investor for the Landmark 72 building complex in Vietnam. In response, the company offered $5 million to a commission. According to the indictment, Ban Ki-sang tried to persuade the sovereign fund of South Korea to buy this building complex, bribing officials. The deal fell through.

This story strongly resembles an incident with former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was accused of sexually assaulting of a 32-year-old hotel employee in New York.

The situation itself is obviously a signal for new Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, which should show him that if Guterres hunts his own line, he will also be ‘punished’ for this.

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