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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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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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Monday News Muse 30 May 2016

CORRUPTION The Brazilian anti-corruption minister has been accused- irony of ironies- of interfering in the Petrobras anti-corruption investigation. He subsequently stepped down. The Ukrainian Party of Regions- the party of former President Victor Yanukovych- apparently spent tens of millions of dollars on political bribes, coyly labelling them in spreadsheets as ‘investments in politics’. The new […]

The Panama Papers, Kenya and Money Laundering

Recently millions of documents belonging to the law firm Mossack Fonseca were leaked to a German Newspaper. You may not know Mossack Fonseca, but Vladmir Putin knows Mossack Fonseca- or at least his close friends do. The leaked documents explain why Putin is widely seen as one of the wealthiest men in the world yet […]