Ng Lap Seng fights back

REAL estate mo­gul Np Lap Seng requested the annulment of his conviction in a bribery case and a new trial from a New York federal judge on Tuesday, Law360 report­ed on Wednesday.
Ng claims the prosecution accused him of acts that were not included in his indictment and that it built its case based upon a witness who has allegedly committed perjury.
He was convicted on July 30 on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and bribery of high officials sitting in the United Nations, linked to the development of a Convention Centre in Macau.
The businessman now claims that the U.S Department of Justice ‘ambushed’ him with new allegations at trial, while more or less ignoring perjury by Francis Lorenzo, a former Ambassador to the UN from the Dominican Republic, who was one of its main witnesses in the process.
He was quoted as saying by Law360 that such “manifest injustice” would demand a new trial.
On the one hand, Ng’s lawyers claim that the federal police violated Ng’s rights when they argued at trial that he paid bribes to secure a letter and an agreement from the UN in support of his bid to host the organisation’s events, with neither of these acts described in the indictment, making Ng unable to call a witness for his defence.
On the other hand, the defendants’ lawyers claim that evidence of perjury regarding Lorenzo’s testimony is aggravated by the fact that he played an “essential role” in the case. The fact that the government had failed to either correct or investigate it would warrant Ng a new trial, his lawyers argue.
Regardless of granting the businessman the right to be judged again, the defendants’ lawyers advocate the court order prosecutors to investigate Lorenzo for false testimony.
According to Ng’s lawyers, the perjury ensues from the fact that Lorenzo presented evidence that he engaged in a tax fraud scheme by steering payments to his then-girlfriend’s bank account, while Lorenzo and the government’s account of the girlfriend supposedly working for a company called the Sun Land Group did not add up.
Ng remains confined to his New York apartment.