A newly-published discussion paper on corruption in Papua New Guinea’s public sector found that low-level officials are often poorly informed about laws and regulations and are under intense pressure to grant favors to businesses, politicians and clan affiliates, contributing to existing patterns of corrupt behavior in the developing country.
Incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu passed on Tuesday the necessary threshold to form a coalition in Israel’s parliament (the Knesset), cementing his victory in last week’s national elections even amidst a fog of corruption allegations.
The former first lady of El Salvador, Ana Ligia Mixco de Saca, will plead guilty to her role in a corruption scheme that saw US$25 million of public money laundered during her husband’s presidential tenure, El Diario de Hoy, a leading newspaper in the country, reported.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) detained Tuesday a former minister on charges of embezzlement, the second minister to face prosecution in the past two years, the country’s Investigative Committee, known as Sledkom, said in a press release.
Iraq has issued a warrant for the arrest of Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan, the provincial governor of Nineveh, a week after a sinking ferry killed over 100 people and sparked a wave of popular anger over waste of funds and fraud in the city in Northern Iraq.
A multi-million dollar scheme to bribe top African officials in order to boost a Chinese energy company has landed Patrick Ho, a former Hong Kong government official who US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman on Monday called “brazen,” to three years in jail.
A Palestinian journalist who had been sentenced to six months in prison in 2017 over an investigative report she authored about corruption in Gaza was acquitted on all charges in an appeal decision on Monday, Al Jazeera reported.
Thousands marched the streets of Kiev on Saturday demanding action on revelations made by journalists which implicate figures close to President Petro Poroshenko in a corruption scheme involving the state owned defense supplier Ukroboronprom.
An Armenian court has concluded that there is insufficient evidence that Robert Kocharyan, former President of Armenia, committed corruption, Kocharyan’s lawyer told OCCRP on Monday. However, the ex-president will remain in custody because of a second indictment.
It was late November 2016, and Brazil’s largest-ever corruption scandal was finally reaching the country’s political elites.
Demonstration of support for Lava Jato probe, Sao Paulo, December 4, 2016; Photo by The Photographer (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Another Canadian cabinet member resigned Monday after she said she had “lost confidence” in the administration’s managing of a corruption inquiry that has taken Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government by storm.
A war of words erupted between top Kenyan politicians on Sunday over a new US$50,000 car that Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, attempted to gift to the nation’s new archbishop, Philip Anyolo, during his installation in January.
Corruption and torture are decisively linked, and members of the Council of Europe need to move swiftly and effectively to “eradicate these threats to democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” the organization said last week.
Ukrainian lawmakers have launched the process to impeach President Petro Poroshenko following an eruptive media report linking him to a corruption scandal involving the President’s friends who have allegedly stolen from the country’s defense industry.
Brazil needs to enact wide-ranging reforms in its political and judicial systems and “move beyond purely punitive initiatives” to combat corruption, Transparency International Brasil said over the weekend.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has established a special tribunal to expedite prosecutions and recover the proceeds of corruption amidst an ongoing state capture inquiry that has dominated South African politics for two years, the Office of the President announced in a statement.
Thousands rallied against the Albanian government on Thursday, claiming it is corrupt and linked to organized crime, as opposition lawmakers resigned from parliament, demanding an early election.
Lithuanian authorities detained on Wednesday 26 people, including judges and lawyers, in a large-scale anti-corruption probe of the judiciary. The suspects are accused of large-scale bribery, trading in influence and abuse of powers.
The branch leader of a Russian anti-corruption organization, Dmitry Gribov, was beaten to death in a town outside Moscow on Monday evening.
A London court last week ordered the son of the former Prime Minister of Moldova to hand over nearly half a million pounds following an investigation conducted by the UK’s National Crime Agency.
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