The opposition, United Progressive Party has joined the government of Antigua and Barbuda to send their deepest condolences to the family of the late John Ashe, who suddenly died on Wednesday.
In a statement issued by the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Baldwin Spencer on behalf of the UPP and his family expressed his condolence to Ashe’s wife and children and extended family.
Spencer said that although the last chapter of his life was “marred by worldwide attention on what might have been his failings, the people of Antigua & Barbuda should be in no doubt that Dr. Ashe was classed among the best in his professional endeavors, and that his career ambitions were supported by a formidable intellect, capabilities born of wide experience, and notable ambassadorial charm.”
“We have lost a brilliant mind, an accomplished son of Antigua & Barbuda, a professional who worked in the interest of his country and, indeed, served for the benefit of the world,” the statement read.
Last October, The Diplomat was indicted in 2015 in a highly publicized bribery scandal in which he was accused of receiving in excess of 1 million USD from Chinese billionaire NG Lap Seng.
Adding to the lengthy list of allegations, It was reported that Ashe under-reported his income in excess of 1.2million USD and filed fraudulent US Income tax returns over the period 2014 – 2015.
He pleaded not guilty last October when he appeared in a New York court to face the criminal charges.
John Ashe, who had been under house arrest, served as Antigua & Barbuda’s ambassador to the UN from 1989 to 2013 and also served as president of the UN General Assembly from September 2013 to September, 2014.
He died at the age of 61.