Doubtful, very doubtful, but, per the Guardian:
A judge in Las Vegas has ruled that a lawsuit involving accusations of graft and organised crime ties to casinos owned by the multibillionaire and Republican party funder, Sheldon Adelson, will be heard in the US.
The decision raises the prospect of Adelson facing difficult questions about his business practices following allegations by a former chief executive of his highly profitable casinos in the Chinese enclave of Macau that a well-known triad crime figure was used to bring in high-rolling gamblers and of influence peddling with Chinese officials.
The case potentially has implications for Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands casinos because evidence of ties to criminal organisations could cost them their gaming licences.
It could also have a bearing on the 81-year-old billionaire’s considerable political influence. He is estimated to have spent $150m in a failed bid to secure a Republican victory over Barack Obama in the last presidential election and is being vigorously courted by Republican candidates in the next race.
Friday’s ruling follows a court battle earlier this month over jurisdiction in a wrongful dismissal lawsuit by the former chief executive of the Macau casinos, Steven Jacobs. He alleges that he was fired in part for blocking hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to a Macau legislator and lawyer because they may breach US anti-bribery laws. Jacobs also alleges Adelson opposed his attempts to break links to the triads…
Adelson is also likely to face difficult questions about his denial that his company had links to a senior Chinese official, Ng Lap Seng, who was described in court as “a courier” for Sands Macau and a link man to the Chinese government.
Ng is a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee, a political advisory body in China dominated by the Communist party.
Adelson’s four days on the witness stand during the jurisdiction hearing were marked by combative answers and testimony that contradicted his own executives. He accused Jacobs of “squealing like a pig to the government” with the allegations.
Sheldon Adelson is a GOP macher because he’s got Macao casino money. Macao exists, officially, as a “safety valve” for social refugees from the puritanical Chinese government — and, more importantly, because “gambling winnings” are a great way for Chinese politicians and businessmen to disguise otherwise inexplicable cash holdings. (Ask Whitey Bulger, lucky liquor store owner & multiple lottery winner!)
Adelson’s lawyers can probably continue to drag this case out indefinitely, but a public trial would certainly be embarrassing to the various GOP candidates soliciting his pecuniary favor in 2016 and beyond. Dubya might even be inspired to ask for his painting back, although Murphy knows the Bush family is no stranger to cooperating with totalitarian regimes…