Tag Archives: corruption

Pakistan: Regime concludes probe into Sharif family's offshore accounts

Source: Washington Post

"Pakistani authorities have concluded an anti-graft probe into corruption allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family and the investigators’ report has been handed over to the Supreme Court. Talal Chaudhry, a spokesman for Sharif’s ruling party ruling party, denounced the probe on Monday as part of a 'conspiracy' aimed at removing the premier from office. Sharif, who has previously denied allegations of abusing his authority to enrich himself, has been under pressure since documents leaked in 2016 from a Panama-based law firm disclosed his family had offshore accounts." (07/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-concludes-probe-into-pm-familys-offshore-accounts/2017/07/10/e686d226-6555-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html

Israel: Olmert released from prison

Source: CBS News

"Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert left prison early Sunday days after a parole board granted him early release from his 27-month corruption sentence. Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati said Olmert, 71, was whisked away by security and driven home after serving 16 months. … Olmert was convicted in 2014 in a wide-ranging case that accused him of accepting bribes to promote a real-estate project in Jerusalem and obstructing justice. The charges pertained to a period when he was mayor of Jerusalem and trade minister before he became premier in 2006." (07/02/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ehud-olmert-former-israeli-prime-minister-released-from-prison/

France: Le Pen charged in funding scandal

Source: The Hill

"French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen is facing a formal investigation after being charged over an alleged European Parliament funding scandal, the BBC reported Friday. The European Parliament alleges that $5.4 million was given to assistants to Le Pen's National Front party who were not working for parliament members but were doing work for National Front in France. Le Pen has denied any wrongdoing and said said the case is politically motivated, BBC reported." (06/30/17)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/340237-le-pen-under-investigation-over-european-parliament-funding

Brazil: Temer says corruption charge is "soap opera"

Source: Washington Post

"Brazil’s president dismissed corruption allegations against him as a 'soap opera plot' Tuesday and sought to cast doubt on the motivations of the country’s top prosecutor a day after a scathing indictment was issued against the leader. President Michel Temer is fighting to hold onto his job after Attorney General Rodrigo Janot filed an indictment with the Supreme Federal Tribunal on Monday. The charge sheet accuses Temer of corruption for allegedly accepting bribes from an executive at a major meatpacker in exchange for help influencing the decisions of state bodies." (06/27/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/brazils-crisis-deepens-as-president-accused-of-corruption/2017/06/26/6a40ae1c-5ad3-11e7-aa69-3964a7d55207_story.html

Brazil: AG formally accuses Temer of corruption

Source: Sacramento Bee

"Brazil's attorney general has formally accused President Michel Temer with corruption, the first time a sitting president in Latin America's largest nation has faced criminal charges. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot's formal accusation Monday is the latest salvo in an intensifying showdown between Temer and justice officials building a case of corruption at the highest levels. The case now goes to the lower Chamber of Deputies in Congress, which must decide whether it has merit. If two-thirds of the body decides that it does, then Temer will be suspended for up to 180 days while a trial is conducted." (06/26/17)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article158338499.html

European taxpayers may have paid millions for non-existent offices

Source: Acton Institute
by Kaetana Leontjeva-Numaviciene

"The EU’s decision-making bodies have long been accused of a lack of transparency and being detached from their citizens. A new report has uncovered how the lack of accountability has created a new scandal. Even the means of providing a more direct link between EU citizens and their representatives has become a source of widespread abuse and potential corruption, raising a number of moral and ethical issues. Members of European Parliament (MEPs) receive a tax-free monthly General Expenditure Allowance of around $4,870, or $58,400 a year to maintain offices in their home nations and other expenses. Their national offices are supposed to allow their constituents to communicate with them more easily. The overall cost of the program is $44.9 million (€40 million). But one-third of MEPs’ national offices either do not exist or cannot be located, according to The MEPs Project, run by Investigative Reporting Denmark." (06/13/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/06/13/european-taxpayers-may-have-paid-millions-non-existent-offices

DC, Maryland to sue Trump, alleging breach of constitutional oath

Source: Washington Post

"Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue President Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House. The lawsuit, the first of its kind brought by government entities, centers on the fact that Trump chose to retain ownership of his company when he became president. Trump said in January that he was shifting his business assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interests. But D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) say Trump has broken many promises to keep separate his public duties and private business interests." (06/12/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-and-maryland-to-sue-president-trump-alleging-breach-of-constitutional-oath/2017/06/11/0059e1f0-4f19-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

Moldova: Corruption arrests rock pro-EU coalition

Source: Reuters

"A minister in Moldova's pro-European government and two of his deputies resigned on Monday, after their party withdrew from the ruling coalition over the arrest of its deputy chairman on corruption charges. While the now two-party coalition retains a de facto majority in the 101-seat parliament, the Liberal Party's exit threatens more instability in the ex-Soviet nation, which has seen three governments fall since 2015. On Friday, the Liberals quit the coalition in protest at the arrest of Chisinau mayor and Liberal deputy chairman, Dorin Chirtoaca, for alleged abuse of office linked to the distribution of parking contracts in the capital." (05/29/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-moldova-government-idUSKBN18P16N

South Korea: Park denies charges in corruption trial

Source: Hindustan Times [India]

"Former South Korea President Park Geun Hye denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial on Tuesday that could potentially send the country’s first female leader to prison for life. Police had earlier escorted Park, in handcuffs, into court for her first public appearance since she was jailed on March 31 for corruption allegations that led to her removal from office. … Prosecutors boast of having 'overflowing' evidence proving Park’s involvement in criminal activities. They say she colluded with Choi to take about $26 million in bribes from Samsung and was promised tens of millions of dollars more from Samsung and other large companies. Park also allegedly allowed her friend to manipulate state affairs from the shadows." (05/23/17)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/south-korea-s-park-denies-charges-in-corruption-trial/story-ZOobTVOACBA7vyFRhpxmqK.html

Brazil: President recorded discussing pay-off for witness in corruption case

Source: Newsweek

"Brazilian President Michel Temer gave his blessing to an attempt to pay a potential witness to remain silent in the country's biggest-ever graft probe, according to plea bargain testimony by a powerful businessman, newspaper O Globo reported on Wednesday. Temer's office on Wednesday acknowledged he had met in March with the businessman, Chairman Joesley Batista of meat giant JBS, but denied any part in alleged efforts to keep jailed former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha from testifying. The O Globo report, which three sources familiar with the matter said was accurate, threatened to pull Temer into a corruption scandal that has already entangled several of his closest allies and advisors. … Batista used a hidden device to record an alleged discussion with Temer about hush money the executive was paying to Cunha, according to the newspaper." (05/18/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/president-michel-temer-discussed-pay-witness-corruption-case-brazilian-611235