Thursday, October 22, 2015

Corruption at the UN

"Corruption is a universal phenomenon" is a shocking statement attributed to Indira Gandhi. When corruption has spread its tentacles to the United Nations also, how can anyone doubt the veracity of this statement?

John Ashe was the President of the UN General Assembly during 2013-14. He represents Antigua and Barbuda in the UN. He is said to have been bribed by real estate tycoons to the extent of $1.3 mn for his good offices to facilitate some transactions.

Preet Bharara, the Manhattan US Attorney has initiated the case and effected the arrest of John Ashe. Is there any institution free from the taint of corruption?

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