Over a prosecutor’s objection, bail has been set at $2 million for a Dominican Republic diplomat arrested in a bribe-related criminal case that also landed a former president of the United Nations Assembly behind bars.
A magistrate judge says Friday that Francis Lorenzo can stay at his mother’s Bronx home after bail conditions are met, including electronic monitoring and a temporary waiver of immunity.
Lorenzo was arrested Tuesday along with a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda.
Prosecutors say the 48-year-old Lorenzo accepted and paid bribes to help a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul influence the United Nations to support construction of a multibillion dollar U.N. conference center in Macau, China.
Lorenzo’s lawyer, Brian Bieber, said outside court he was confident Lorenzo did not commit a crime.