Thirteen members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have been thrown out of the organization for accepting gifts and bribes from the Azerbaijani government while a 14th can continue to serve, according to a report released by theRules of Procedure Committee on Friday.
A purportedly private Azerbaijani organization paid over a million and a half dollars to a US firm to lobby for the country in Washington. That organization was secretly funded by the Azerbaijani Laundromat.
Members of the Council of Europe, CoE, have demanded sanctions against colleagues who have been accused of taking bribes from Azerbaijan to silence discussion on the country’s human rights record, the New York Times reported Sunday.
An independent investigation found that some current and former members of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) may have been bribed to soften the body’s criticism of the serious human rights violations in Azerbaijan, a report published on Sunday said.
The UK will force people owning property worth more than £50,000 (US$70,000) who have suspected links to organized crime or are vulnerable to graft as a result of their political position to explain where they got their money from, The Times reported on Saturday.
The Kiton store in Vienna’s Golden Quarter.
A key player in the Azerbaijani Laundromat -- a slush fund and money-laundering scandal that has already led to the resignation of members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe -- has gained a foothold in Vienna’s “Golden Quarter.”
Denmark’s biggest bank, Danske Bank, is alleged to have actively and knowingly helped highly questionable clients to elude the scrutiny of authorities, Danish newspaper Berlingske revealed on Thursday.
Days before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was to debate a motion for his dismissal, the body’s president, Pedro Agramunt resigned, tweeting “personal reasons” as the motive.
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