Despite a law requiring the U.K. government to publish details on all COVID-19 contracts, roughly £3 billion (US$3.92bn) doled out to private companies remains concealed, according to the Good Law Project, a non-profit organization that takes on public interest legal cases.
A British non-profit filed a lawsuit against the UK government for awarding a 108 million pounds (US$136 million) contract for purchasing COVID-19 protective equipment to a small pest-control company from Sussex that has 16 employees - a move they see as dubious.
In a recent interview, a Lesotho-based Chinese businessman who also serves as the prime minister’s trade adviser on Asia divulged the deep extent of his ties to Lesotho’s political elite, raising concerns that he may be advancing the interests of the Chinese community at the expense of indigenous people, the Daily Maverick reported last week.
Police arrested last week three top employees of Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), the state-owned electricity company, in connection with over US$35 million alleged illicit dealings with an Indian company, the Herald reported.
Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Anton Ginev resigned on Tuesday after the prosecutor's office pressed charges against him for large-scale deliberate mismanagement of state funds between 2006 and 2009.
A Sacramento federal court charged Dumitru Martin, a Romanian investor, with bribing a United States Air Force major in order to win a US $10.4 million military contract according to the The Sacramento Bee newspaper.
Daniele Ozzimo, a former member of the Rome city council, was sentenced yesterday with five others for their part in the ‘Mafia Capitale’ corruption scandal, according to Repubblica.
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