A Manhattan federal judge late Wednesday finished instructing jurors in the trial of Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng for allegedly paying more than $1 million in bribes to United Nations diplomats, setting the stage for the start of deliberations on Thursday.

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Ng, 69, is accused of making payoffs to two ambassadors to win support for a convention center for developing countries in his native Macau, which he hoped would anchor a massive development including a hotel, marina, apartments and commercial space.

The jury instructions followed a monthlong trial and nearly two full days of closing arguments. Lawyers for Ng contend his payments were donations to try to develop the center as a “public-private partnership,” and he was exploited and betrayed.