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BTC-e, Money Laundering and Rising Enforcement pressure on digital currency exchanges

A Russian national and key figure behind the BTC-e crypto-currency exchange was arrested in Greece after US federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment covering multiple regulatory and money laundering offences that allegedly allowed the exchange to launder billions of dollars in crypto-currency over 6 years. The unsealed (but redacted) indictment is available here: Vinnik Superseding Indictment […]

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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 14 October 2016

CORRUPTION The Kenyan ombudsman has accused the Treasury of diverting funds from government ministries. It is unclear whether or not the diversion may have been for fraudulent purposes. The South African ombudsman has delayed the release of an anti-corruption report into ‘state capture’ by President Jacob Zuma’s wealthy friends pending the hearing of a case […]

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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 […]