Bribery & Corruption

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How a drug-trafficking mayor in Honduras fueled the U.S. migration crisis

Abel Bautista looked out at the vast pastures around him and frowned. “Once,” he said, “there were lines of people here for the harvest.” Now, instead of coffee, these verdant hills near the Honduran border with Guatemala boast few trees and almost none of the eager workers, like him, who… Read More

Amazon Vows ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Graft After India Probe Report

Amazon.com Inc. stressed it has zero tolerance for graft and will investigate all allegations of corruption fully, responding to a report by an Indian news outlet that the U.S. e-commerce giant has begun an internal investigation into claims of bribery. The U.S. company started a probe into its legal representatives’… Read More

South Africa’s top court rejects’ ex-leader Zuma’s bid to overturn jail sentence

South Africa’s top court ruled on Friday that former president Jacob Zuma had failed in his bid to have his 15-month jail sentence for failing to attend a corruption inquiry overturned. The sentence was handed down after Zuma failed to testify at an inquiry probing corruption during his 9-year rule,… Read More
15th September 2021
When Anthony Stimler left Glencore Plc in August 2019, he had two big secrets: For a dozen years, he’d paid millions in bribes to African officials and intermediaries. And he was now helping a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the company and numerous former colleagues. Corruption isn’t exactly unheard… Read More
15th September 2021
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should not have to face two of eight corruption charges in a trial now because of “unreliable” testimony from the prosecution’s star witness, his defence lawyer told the High Court today. Lead defence counsel Hisyam Teh Poh Teik argued that the star witness, textile wholesaler… Read More
14th September 2021
Documents show British American Tobacco (BAT) was involved in negotiations to pay between $300,000 and $500,000 to Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party in 2013. The documents also reveal BAT was paying bribes in South Africa and using illegal surveillance to damage rivals. BAT says it is committed to the highest standards of… Read More
13th September 2021
Guinea’s military junta, which seized power over the weekend, said on Thursday that it has ordered the central bank and other banks to freeze all government accounts. On Sunday a group of special forces soldiers said they ousted President Alpha Conde over concerns about poverty and endemic corruption. The banking… Read More
10th September 2021
China’s top anti-corruption agency has detained a senior banker from a leading policy bank for investigation, it said. The Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said on Thursday that He Xingxiang, vice-president of China Development Bank (CDB) and a member of its party committee, was under… Read More
9th September 2021
A former Ericsson AB employee was charged in the U.S. of taking part in a conspiracy to bribe foreign officials in order to win a contract from Djibouti’s state-owned phone company. Prosecutors in New York charged Afework Bereket with conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act… Read More
8th September 2021
The Pretoria High Court this week issued a provisional restraint order to the tune of R1.4 billion against corruption-accused former senior Eskom official France Hlakudi, businessman Hudson Kgomoeswana as well as former major Eskom contractor Tubular Construction Projects, its CEO, Tony Trindade, and his wife – freezing their assets and… Read More
8th September 2021
By Seth Robbins, InSight Crime, 7 September 2021 Insight Crime — A court in Cabo Verde has approved the extradition to the United States of Colombian businessman Álex Saab, who may hold key information on alleged money laundering schemes involving Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other top… Read More
8th September 2021
By Martin Williams, openDemocracy, 6 September 2021 openDemocracy — Twenty-four members of the House of Lords have been placed under investigation, after openDemocracy revealed they had not declared details of companies that they run. The Standards Commissioner today launched an official probe into the lords –… Read More
8th September 2021
Pilatus Bank, a small private bank opened in Malta in 2013, was perhaps most notorious for its personal, ‘secret’ business model, largely catering for politically exposed persons (PEPs) under strict rules of due diligence. Having started operations in January 2014, the bank, owned by Ali Sadr Hasheminejad, a US-naturalised Iranian… Read More