Documents reveal ex-Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho’s offshore firms and business ties in mainland

Former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping, who was charged in the US with bribing top African officials on behalf of a Chinese energy conglomerate, co-owns an obscure Hong Kong company with mainland energy investors through an offshore entity, FactWire can reveal.

Patrick Ho

Former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping. Photo: FactWire.

Files leaked in the Panama Papers also show that he had repeatedly ignored requests by his offshore law firm to declare the vehicle’s funding sources.

Ho was arrested in New York last November for allegedly operating a “multi-year, multibillion-dollar” bribing scheme to secure oil rights in Chad and Uganda for CEFC China Energy, which funded the think tank China Energy Fund Committee he headed.

It emerges that Ho, who served as Hong Kong’s home affairs secretary between 2002 and 2007, has for years controlled at least two companies in the British Virgin Islands

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