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Monday News Muse 10 October 2016

CORRUPTION At least 8 Nigerian judges have been detained in an anti-corruption operation involving $800,000 dollars allegedly found in the judges’ possession. The operation comes amidst claims that the judges took bribes. Lawyers and fellow judges have been vocal in criticising the arrests. CRIMINAL LAW Four suspects- all of the employees of the same Kenyan […]

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Monday News Muse 26 September 2016

CORRUPTION The Brazilian corruption train rolls on as a former finance minister and current President find themselves being prosecuted for their roles in graft. A former IMF chief from Spain also faces trial for running a ‘corrupt’ system when head of a local bank. Students of the corruption investigation process will appreciate a new website […]

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Monday News Muse 08 August 2016

CORRUPTION KENYA sent home a senior athletics official who accompanied the national team to the Rio Olympics. The official was allegedly filmed soliciting bribes from athletes for advance information about their drug tests. THE UK’s Serious Fraud Office is investigating allegations of foreign bribery at airplane maker Airbus. CRIMINAL LAW HERE is a mock-serious look […]

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Wednesday News Wall 03 August 2016

CORRUPTION THE Governor of Bangkok is suing the Thai Auditor-General for holding a press conference during which the Auditor accused the Governor of taking bribes. THE mayor of a Russian city has been sentenced to 12½ years in a high security prison after a bribery conviction. His supporters allege that the charges are politically motivated […]

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Monday News Muse 01 August 2016

CORRUPTION 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. […]

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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. […]