Corruption

Romanian diaspora’s anti-government protest turns violent

Romanian police scuffle with protesters and spray tear gas against them during an anti-government protest in front of the Romanian Government headquarters in Bucharest August 10, 2018. (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP)        (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

Police deploy tear gas and water cannons to disperse tens of thousands protesting ruling Social Democratic Party. Carmen Paun Politico A major anti-government protest held in Bucharest by Romanians living abroad turned violent Friday, with at least 250 people requiring medical care, local media reported. Romanians drove for days from countries including England, Italy and Switzerland to protest against the policies of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), which they see as corrupt and pushing anti-justice laws. Others protested in ... Read More »

Rick Gates Delivers a Public Lesson on Money Laundering and Political Corruption

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Tuesday was Rick Gates’s second day testifying as a witness for the prosecution in the trial of Paul Manafort, his former boss, and he spent a lot of time explaining how money flowed from Ukraine, where he and Manafort had a run of lucrative years doing consulting work for pro-Russian interests, to shell companies in Cyprus, to other shell companies in the Caribbean, and… John Cassidy The New Yorker In the afternoon, Gates was subjected to a withering cross-examination by ... Read More »

Former vice mayor of China’s Lyuliang City sentenced to death for corruption

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Zhang Zhongsheng, former vice mayor of Lyuliang City in north China’s Shanxi Province, was sentenced to death on Wednesday for taking bribes, the Intermediate People’s Court of Linfen in Shanxi Province said. CGTN According to the court, Zhang received bribes in cash and property worth a total of 1.04 billion yuan (165 million US dollars) from 1997 to 2013. Apart from being sentenced to death, Zhang has also been deprived of all his political rights for life and all of ... Read More »

Nine activists defending the Earth from violent assault

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On a planet of billions, nine represent the strong minority battling murder in the global corruption of land rights Jonathan Watts The Guardian Individually, they are stories of courage and tragedy. Together, they tell a tale of a natural world under ever more violent assault. The portraits in this series are of nine people who are risking their lives to defend the land and environment in some of the planet’s most remote or conflict-riven regions. From the Coral Triangle and ... Read More »

S Korean ex-leader sentenced to 8 more years

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A South Korean court sentenced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye on July 20 to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws. Hurriyet She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars. She’s already serving a 24-year prison term over a massive corruption scandal that led to her removal from office last year. Seoul Central District Court on Friday found her guilty of causing substantial losses to state coffers by unlawfully receiving about 3 billion won ($2.6 million) from chiefs ... Read More »

Pakistan opens terrorism investigation against ex-PM’s party 10 days before election

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LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities have opened a criminal investigation into leaders of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political party under an anti-terrorism law, 10 days before a… Mubasher Bukhari, Kay Johnson Reuters The case relates to a march staged by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on July 13, when Sharif returned to Pakistan, which defied a ban on holding public rallies on a… The former premier was arrested minutes after landing in the country after being sentenced ... Read More »

Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Islamabad: A Pakistani court on Friday sentenced ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices linked to his family’s purchase of upscale London flats, in a major blow to his party ahead of general elections on July 25. Saad Sayeed The Age Reuters The guilty verdict in absentia against Sharif, 68, threatens to end the career of one of Pakistan’s most high-profile politicians of the past four decades, a political survivor who was prime minister three ... Read More »

Liviu Dragnea, Brussels’ oncoming ‘illiberal’ headache

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De facto leader in Bucharest tells POLITICO the EU needs to show Romania more respect. Carmen Paun Politico BUCHAREST — Just don’t call him Kaczyński. Liviu Dragnea, president of Romania’s ruling Social Democrats (PSD), may be running the country without being prime minister, like Poland’s Jarosław Kaczyński. And fears are rising at home and in Brussels that he is steering his country in the same “illiberal” direction as Poland and Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. The man himself dismisses talk of any similarity with ... Read More »

Africa’s whistleblowers

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‘All I did was tell the truth’ Those who denounce corruption face hardship and physical danger even when there’s a legal framework that should protect and guarantee them a fair hearing. by Olivier Piot Le Monde diplomatique South African president Jacob Zuma resigned in February over the biggest corruption scandal since the end of apartheid, which involved both the president and his son. Zuma’s exit became inevitable last June, after the publication of thousands of confidential documents revealing that the ... Read More »

5 takeaways from the overthrow of Mariano Rajoy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attends a session at the Lower House of Parliament in Madrid on May 30, 2018, two days before the assembly will debate a no-confidence motion against his government. - The Socialists filed the motion seeking Rajoy's ouster in parliament, a day after a court fined his Popular Party for benefiting from illegal funds in a massive graft trial. Spain's National Court said it had uncovered a vast system of bribes given to former PP officials in exchange for lucrative public contracts between 1999 and 2005. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

The new prime minister will have an even weaker minority government than his predecessor, but won’t be in a hurry to call elections. Diego Torres Politico MADRID — Mariano Rajoy is out. Pedro Sánchez is in. Welcome to a new era in Spain. Sánchez, leader of the Socialists, won enough backing in parliament on Friday for a motion of no confidence in Rajoy, shortly after a court ruling in a graft scandalinvolving former officials from the prime minister’s Popular Party. It was ... Read More »

Opinion: Corruption charges have Council of Europe teetering on the brink of irrelevance

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When individual members would rather illegally accept money and gifts instead of fighting corruption, there’s no need for the Council of Europe anymore, says DW’s Max Hofmann. Max Hofmann DW Officially, the Council of Europe is meant to safeguard democracy and the rule of law. Given that mission, many people are already asking why countries such as Russia and Turkey even have a seat at the table. Most observers in Strasbourg say it would be pointless to throw them out, ... Read More »

Slovak authorities release suspects in slain journalist’s case

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Ján Kuciak was investigating ties between Italian mafia and Slovak business at the time of his murder. Saim Saeed Politico Slovak police has released seven Italian citizens detained in connection with the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, local media reported Saturday. Kuciak and his fiancée, both 27, were found dead in their home in Veľká Mača on Sunday. He was investigating links between Italian mafia group ‘Ndrangheta and businessmen in Slovakia at the time of his death. The unfinished story was published ... Read More »

Indonesian Parliament passes controversial law targeting its critics, anti-corruption commission

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Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives have come under fire for passing a law giving themselves powers to obstruct corruption investigations and even press charges against their critics. By Michael Walsh and Nurina Savitri ABC The revised Law of Representative Assemblies — locally referred to as the MD3 law — may also allow members to compel police to haul people into the House of Representatives (DPR) to face questioning from politicians. Petitions against the changes have gathered hundreds of thousands ... Read More »

South Africa’s Healthy Democracy

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Why Zuma’s Resignation Is a Good Sign Democracy in South Africa is in tatters. By Daniel de Kadt, Evan Lieberman, and Philip Martin Foreign Affairs Or at least that’s the widespread view following President Jacob Zuma’s forced resignation on February 14, which ended his almost-nine-year tenure in office. Although South Africans are largely united in celebrating Zuma’s departure, a litany of scandals, allegations of corruption, and a perceived hollowing-out of institutions have led many to conclude that the post-apartheid project under the African National Congress (ANC) has ... Read More »

Corruption will never die, but we can do more to stamp it out: here’s how

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Corruption is not always an easy thing to pin down Sure, brown paper bags stuffed with wads of cash are easy enough to figure out. Jessica Irvine Brisbane Times But outright bribery is only one of the myriad ways individuals or businesses may seek to pervert government decisions to their advantage. The problem stems from the fundamental nature of our economy In first-year text books, economics students are taught that market forces of supply and demand determine prices. But rarely, ... Read More »

IPA joins forces with GetUp! to condemn ‘unprecedented and dangerous’ donations law

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The right-leaning Institute of Public Affairs has joined the Greens, charities and activist group GetUp! in slamming the Turnbull government’s “unprecedented and dangerous” bid to clean up the political donations… Michael Koziol The Age The think tank, which is often aligned with the Coalition on key policy questions, blasted the plan as unnecessary and excessive, arguing the legislation was so poorly drafted as to go “way beyond” its declared… Under the bill before Parliament, political parties, associated entities and all ... Read More »