May 19, 2021


Beyond law

FBI proof detailing payment to previous UN formal by Chau Chak Wing tabled in Parliament

A federal Liberal MP has tabled an FBI situation file on Chinese-Australian businessman and political donor Chau Chak Wing detailing his alleged involvement in a United Nations bribery scandal.

Goldstein MP Tim Wilson informed Parliament that Dr Chau has sued journalists around accusations that he paid a $200,000 bribe to John Ashe, a previous and allegedly corrupt UN chief.

“In presenting these files it is my intention simply to make it possible for their scrutiny,” Mr Wilson mentioned.

“The best antidote, deputy Speaker, from people who find to impact our political technique, and of system our universities and other important institutions that are the lifeblood of our democracy, is sunshine,” he stated.

“Permit the gentle in.”

Dr Chau has denied any wrongdoing.

He has been a popular philanthropist in Australia and now has an iconic constructing at the University of Technological know-how Sydney named just after him.

Applying parliamentary privilege, Mr Wilson tabled a 172-page FBI case file concerning Dr Chau, which he suggests displays the businessman did make payments to Mr Ashe.

“It reveals the FBI regarded this payment as a quid-professional-quo, an arrangement to get Mr Ashe to communicate at (Dr) Chau’s 2013 conference,” he said inside the Federation Chamber.

“It reveals in 2016 FBI brokers questioned (Dr) Chau about these payments.

“It reveals he explained to the FBI that in his thoughts it was simply a donation to alleviate poverty.”

Mr Wilson stated Dr Chau’s purpose in the scandal has been “obscured” by defamation cases. 

This follows a defamation judgement getting awarded in Dr Chau’s favour, towards the ABC and 9, about a joint investigation into international affect in Australia.

Mr Ashe died in 2016 from “traumatic asphyxia” — or suffocation linked to tension on the neck — while lifting weights at his New York dwelling.

He was awaiting demo for his job in a bribery scandal.