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Wednesday News Wall 19 October 2016

CORRUPTION The Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, drew criticism for comments during the week that were seen as ‘feigning helplessness’ in the war against graft while deflecting blame to other organs of state. The Kenyan Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission says it is in the process of recovering Ksh.5.5 billion ($54 million in 2016) that was allegedly […]

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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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Friday News Flip 01 July 2016

CORRUPTION THE US Supreme Court has somewhat clarified the law on bribery and quashed the bribery conviction of a former Virginia Governor. I wrote about Bob McDonnell here, as anticipated the court drew a narrow line between distasteful acts to gain access to public officials (which might be unethical but were not criminal) and improper […]

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Monday News Muse 16 May 2016

CORRUPTION In the aftermath of the Global Anti-Corruption Summit in London, there could be a major shake-up of UK corporate criminal law. Some of the changes include:- The creation of a beneficial ownership register The creation of a new Anti-Corruption Co-ordination Centre Plans for a brand new offence of failure to prevent economic crime France’s […]

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Monday News Muse 25 April 2016

CORRUPTION ACCORDING to an Indonesian government minister, wives’ demands for ‘material things’ are to blame for government corruption. The ‘blame it on the wife’ defence still does wonders for dirty politicians: I still remember a year ago when Virginia’s ex-Governor McDonnell was charged with corruption offences. He based much of his defence on the ‘material […]

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The Sixth Round of Panama Papers Coverage

In the wake of the Panama papers, the UK revenue collection agency (HMRC) is consulting on a possible corporate offence of failure to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion. One immediate problem I foresee is the offence’s remoteness from the actual harm. The corporate body is not being charged as the principal offender (the […]

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Wednesday News Wall 13 April 2016

Corruption A former FIFA vice-president, Alfredo Hawit, pleaded guilty to corruption charges. The Kyrgyz Prime Minister resigns days before the release of a parliamentary report into corruption within a road construction program from which he allegedly benefited. A Chinese road construction company is also implicated in the corruption. Another former leader dealing with corruption allegations […]

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A Second Round of Panama Papers Coverage

The first head to roll over the Panama Papers is literally the head of a government as Iceland’s Prime Minister resigns. Another head- this time the head of FIFA- has been dragged through this Panama paper canal. His role is under scrutiny as the papers reveal the murky world of rights trading for major football […]