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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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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. […]

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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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Friday News Flip 06 May 2016

CORRUPTION OTTO Perez Molina, the jailed ex-president of Guatemala is facing more charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering regarding an infrastructure project to build a container terminal at the country’s largest port. His former vice-president Roxana Baldetti is a co-defendant. Brazil’s biggest corruption scandal keeps netting more big fish. Now the speaker of the […]

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Friday News Flip 22 April 2016

CORRUPTION Here’s more on the bribery scandal affecting Australian company Leightons. $15 million was allegedly paid to a Dubai ‘consultant’. Yes…we consultants have a bad name in anti-corruption circles. Former Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau failed to stop a corruption case against him proceeding. Pakistan’s military has dismissed 2 generals, 3 colonels and a brigadier for […]

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Monday News Muse 04 April 2016

CORRUPTION For those who’ve wondered how the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) decides to take on a case such as #Chickengate’s Smith & Ouzman prosecution, here is is a useful summary from the Counsel to the SFO. The tribulations of businesses trying to avoid being tarred with the corruption of third party partners is discussed […]