NEW YORK – Federal prosecutors want the jury to hear evidence that they say shows a man in the middle of the United Nations bribery case was referred to as the “boss” to be by co-conspirators.
Lawyers for the Chinese billionaire Ng (eng) Lap Seng have argued this can wrongly give the impression their client is a gangster.
But the prosecutors called that the argument is “far-fetched and speculative” in the court papers filed in New York federal court Friday.
Ng has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to start in May.
He is under 24-hour guard in a posh apartment in Manhattan, on $ 50 million bail since a few weeks after September 2015 arrest.
His lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.
Ng’s lawyers have tried to order the dismissal of the charges. They say that criminalizing political contributions raises constitutional concerns.