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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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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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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 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 […]

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Friday News Flip 27 May 2016

CORRUPTION A SENIOR Vietnamese police officer suggested that printing lower denomination bank notes would help curb corruption- though his critics point to the impracticality of the suggestion given that the largest bank note in Vietnam is worth around $22. In a similar move, the EU recently announced that it was phasing out the €500 note […]

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Monday News Muse 09 May 2016

CORRUPTION UNDER a proposed Commonwealth plan, Kenya and other countries may soon need to show that ‘meet anti-corruption standards’ in order to access loans and aid. While the part of Kenya’s budget that’s donor-funded has shrunk markedly in the last decade, it still relies on ‘partnerships’ in education, health and security. Furthermore, the Kenya government […]