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Friday News Flip 29 July 2016

CORRUPTION AMID the vast shadows of the 1MDB scandal, Malaysia gets a new anti-corruption czar. THE Deputy Governor of Romania’s Central Bank has been detained and will face charges of “influence-peddling, illicitly receiving 1 million euros ($1.1 million)” 19 ZIMBABWEAN anti-corruption investigators were suspended from duty. According to the state: the suspension was for corruption […]

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Wednesday News Wall 27 July 2016

CORRUPTION A FORMER Chinese government official is facing the death penalty relating to charges of embezzling 350 million yuan (around $52 million) from poor farm workers through a real estate scam. IN ANOTHER Chinese corruption trial, a former general was sentenced to life in prison, stripped of his rank and deprived of political rights in […]

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In Europe, Crime (probably) Still Pays

A recent Europol survey on criminal asset recovery has attempted to assess the extent to which EU forfeiture efforts achieve their target of denying criminals the benefits of the proceeds of crime. Sadly, the conclusion is that the gap between the estimated amount of laundered funds and what is seized/forfeited is quite large. The estimate […]

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Friday News Flip 22 July 2016

CORRUPTION WHAT do Leonardo DiCaprio, Vincent van Gogh and a Beverly Hills luxury hotel have in common? Answer: a corruption investigation. The US Justice Department wants to seize $1 billion in funds and assets linked to the Malaysian corruption scandal that revolves around the state wealth fund 1MDB. I blogged months ago (here and here) […]

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Wednesday News Wall 20 July 2016

CORRUPTION AFTER the Kenyan corruption scandal known as Chicken-gate, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has let the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) off the hook– citing lack of evidence- after allegations were made that he was amongst those who received bribes from Smith & Ouzman for procurement of electoral materials. […]

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Wednesday News Wall 13 July 2016

CORRUPTION The land fraud that was a hall-mark of Daniel Arap Moi’s reign has come back to haunt him as the former president is in and out of court over allegations of illegal acquisition of land. Corruption amongst Iranian lawmakers could threaten President Rouhani’s chances of a second term in office. A description of the […]

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Monday News Muse 11 July 2016

CORRUPTION THE son of former Sri Lankan president, Mahindra Rajapaksa was arrested over alleged corruption and money laundering offences relating to a real estate group. RUSSIAN officials are to put forward legislation to make polygraph tests mandatory for civil servants, politicians and ‘civil activists’. This is apparently a bid to detect and purge those engaged […]

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Friday News Flip 09 July 2016

CORRUPTION SPANISH prosecutors dropped a corruption investigation into Brazilian football star Neymar and his father. The charges revolved around Neymar’s transfer from a Brazilian football club to Barcelona. CRIMINAL LAW DID Kenyan armed forces kill civilians during air raids following the El Adde attack (which left over 100 Kenyan soldiers dead). According to the UN: […]

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Wednesday News Wall 06 July 2016

CORRUPTION Vietnam is drafting a revised anti-corruption law to replace the current law which has been described as a toothless tiger by international commentators. Zimbabweans are in the midst of a stay-at-home protest against corruption and misrule by Comrade-for-life Bob Mugabe. Their communicating around the twitter hashtag #ThisFlag. Predictably, the authorities are threatening to use […]

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Monday News Muse 05 July 2016

CORRUPTION IN THE wake of the Brexit referendum result, questions are being asked about the promises David Cameron made during the recently concluded Anti-Corruption summit in London given that a lot of the promises hinged on improving international cooperation against graft. While the UK’s criminal law obligations will not change immediately, over time the Island […]