Monday News Muse 01 August 2016


Corruption is rife in Egyptian state ministries, with the Ministry of Health leading the way, accoding to a report by an Egyptian NGO.

On the eve of a military a campaign to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State/Daesh, the Iraqi Prime Minister has ordered a probe into alleged corruption in government weapons procurement deals.

The Rio Olympics struggle to wipe away the stain of graft as boxing becomes the latest Olympic sport to be hit with graft and financial malpractice allegations. Apparently some boxing judges have developed a system of signals that they can use to rig bouts.

Does denying corrupt public officials travel visa help in the fight against corruption?


According to the 2016 Gallup Global Law and Order poll, Salvadorans and Venezuelans feel less safe than people in Syria and those in other conflict-ridden states

The Economist tries to explain why flaws and undue haste in the prosecution case led to acquittals and withdrawal of charges in the case of the death while in police custody of Freddie Gray. Gray suffered a spinal injury during his arrest by Baltimore police and died 7 days later.

Here is a legal ‘briefing’ on how Brexit could affect extradition between the EU and the UK. It looks at 3 possible options if Article 50 is triggered: (i) replacing the current European Arrest Warrant with a similar device negotiated with the EU block, (ii) rely on the European Convention on Extradition or (iii) negotiate separate bilateral agreements with each of the remaining EU members.


Singapore formally launched a special unit charged with fighting money laundering. The unit was created following the 1MDB scandal that has lead to the prosecution of a Singaporean banker, the seizure of $120 million in suspect funds and the rare withdrawal of a merchant bank’s license to operate. This comes even as a former Malaysian Prime Minister criticized Singapore’s ‘inaction’ over the case, urging the island nation to name the Malaysians involved.

Here’s a look at recent US efforts to tackle real estate money laundering, including through Geographical Targetting Orders (GTOs). It comes at an opportune time given the current headlines about 1MDB and the luxury properties around California and New York that the US government claims may have been used to launder the proceeds.


After his conviction on charges of crimes against humanity, former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré has been ordered to pay compensation to his victims.

Here is an interesting report submitted to the US congress on whether sentence enhancements for career offenders are being properly applied.