Wednesday News Wall 12 October 2016

CORRUPTION

The Kenyan Ministry of Lands is reshuffling staff and digitising records in a bid to stem corruption. Staff who have served in one station for more than three years are targeted in the reshuffle in a bid to disrupt corruption cartels.

Chapman University presented its third annual Survey of American Fears. Among the findings: those surveyed are deeply afraid of Muslims, terrorism and government corruption.

CRIMINAL LAW

A Kenyan Governor was robbed of Ksh.3.5mn (around $35,000) by his own bodyguard. The bodyguard- a police constable- grabbed the bag containing the cash from the governor and took off after a brief scuffle during which the bodyguard drew his service weapon. In his haste to leave, he left his shoes behind.

Burundi’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to withdraw the country from the International Criminal Court. The vote comes amidst ongoing violence that stems from President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial re-election to a third term. The vote means that the bill will now go to the upper house of parliament. If it is passed by that chamber and is signed by the president, then the withdrawal process can be formally triggered by notifying the ICC.

MONEY LAUNDERING

Bangladesh’s biggest bank has been banned from accepting further UK customer deposits from its British branches due to failure to establish proper AML controls.

Another bank has lost its merchant banking license in Singapore. The authorities in the city-state took action after finding links between Falcon Private Bank- a Swiss outfit- and the money allegedly laundered through 1MDB. Swiss authorities are also investigating the bank. The previous bank to lose its Singaporean license was BSI Bank.

SENTENCING

An American death-row convict will be re-sentenced after the US Supreme Court found that the jury at his sentencing heard victims’ statements that recommended he be put to death. The court reaffirmed that there are limits to what a Victim Impact Statement can recommend to a sentencing court in capital cases.

Convicts in Belarus are not as lucky: the country resumed executing death row inmates once the EU dropped sanctions against Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko.


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