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Jury pick starts in UN-bribery trial of Chinese billionaire

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, file photo, Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, center, leaves federal court with his attorney Benjamin Brafman, right, after he was released on bail in connection with a United Nations bribery scheme in New York. Jury selection began Monday, June 26, 2017, in the New York criminal trial of Ng. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the New York criminal trial of a Chinese billionaire charged with trying to bribe United Nations diplomats to ease approval of a U.N. conference center.

Ng Lap Seng (ihng lap sihng) has pleaded not guilty to six charges, including conspiracy.

More than 100 prospective jurors were part of the selection process that started Monday in Manhattan federal court.

Judge Vernon Broderick told prospective jurors that he expects a jury to be selected over the next “day or so” for a trial likely to last four to six weeks.

He says he’ll be looking for “fair and impartial” jurors willing to decide the case solely on evidence or lack of evidence.

Ng is confined to a luxury Manhattan apartment while free on $50 million bail.

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