20 Sep 2011

Ac Act Restrictions Kill Graft Case

Last Monday all graft charges were dropped against former Minister of Works and Transport, Dorothea Ngozu, arrested in 2009 for illegally subletting her government residence to over 20 people between 2005 and 2009. According to the magistrate in charge of the case, there was illegal involvement by the Namibian Police in the investigation. The argument […]
20 Sep 2011

Former Chief Justice Calls for Uncac Enforcement

Sarath N. Silva (pictured here), former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, called attention to the need for better enforcement of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in Sri Lanka. Silva made such remarks while speaking at the launch of Voice Against Corruption, an anti-corruption organization founded by the leftist party JVP. Additionally, he highlighted […]
20 Sep 2011

Videos Inform Civil Society About Uncac Review

Transparency International (TI) released today a series of six videos that aim at informing and training civil society organizations and activists on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) review mechanism. The review process was designed to assess whether signatory countries are effectively implementing the Convention. TI has been advocating the need for independent civil […]
20 Sep 2011

Agriculture Minister Resigns After Corruption Accusations

Brazilian Agriculture Minister Wagner Rossi (pictured here) resigned today as a result of allegations of corruption within the Ministry. This is the fourth resignation by a top official in Rousseff’s eight-month-old government. The corruption scandal involving the Ministry had already led to the resignation of executive secretary Milton Ortolan on August 6th, after reports in […]
20 Sep 2011

Egypt Revives 60-Year-Old Anti-Corruption Law

Last Wednesday the Egyptian government decided to revive an old piece of legislation against corruption, first passed under President Nasser’s government. Experts say that the decision may affect the trial of Hosni Mubarak (pictured here). Amendments to the so-called Treason Law have been approved by the cabinet and sent to the Supreme Council of the […]
20 Sep 2011

Businessman Wants to Fast Against Corruption

Similarly to Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, a Pakistani businessman and political activist, Jhangir Ahktar, announced that he will begin a hunger strike as a means to protest against corruption and to demand anti-corruption legislation in the country. Ahktar said that the hunger strike will also be a campaign against Pakistan’s high military budget. He […]
20 Sep 2011

Transparency Reporting Project Publishes Survey Results

The results of a nationwide online survey, conducted under the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) between June and August 2011, show that a vast majority of the respondents is dissatisfied with anti-corruption efforts implemented by government institutions. According to the survey, 90 percent think that the Congress and the Judiciary are not doing enough […]
20 Sep 2011

Mayor Murdered After Denouncing Corruption

Yevgeny Dushko, mayor of Sergiyev Posad, located about 50km north of Moscow, was shot outside his home this Monday. Investigators believe his murder was a contract killing that may be related to corruption accusations he made against local officials and businessmen. According to the local administration, Dushko had made efforts to reduce corruption in communal […]
20 Sep 2011

Registration for 2011 Open Government Data Camp Begins

Registrations for the Open Government Data Camp 2011, organized by the the Open Knowledge Foundation and Centrum Cyfrowe and scheduled to take place in Warsaw on October 20th and 21st, are beginning this week, according to information posted on the Open Knowledge Foundation blog. The Open Government Data Camp is part of a larger movement […]
20 Sep 2011

Bihar Government Uses Youtube Against Corruption

The State Government of Bihar has decided to implement an innovative mechanism to fight corruption in local welfare programs. The experiment will involve the production of videos with testimonies by citizens that were exposed to corruption. The decision follows several complaints about government officials asking for bribes to process requests by citizens. The government will […]
20 Sep 2011

Slovenia Launches Website for Monitoring Public Spending

Targeting increased transparency and integrity, the Slovenian Commission for the Prevention of Corruption has recently launched an online tool that allows citizens to monitor public spending in the country. The website, called
20 Sep 2011

Corruption in the Water Sector Discussed in Stockholm

The World Water Week, currently taking place in Stockholm, has become a stage for policy discussions around corruption in the water industry as well. This issue has turned into a main concern in the sector, as pressure around water availability increases and corruption contributes to create inefficiencies in supply. According to Håkan Tropp, director of […]
20 Sep 2011

Former Icbc Officials Convicted for Corruption

Two former executives from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) were sentenced to prison today at a Hong Kong court. According to the Independent commission Against Corruption (ICAC), they were found guilty of accepting bribes in exchange for favoring a client in a loan operation. Derick Chan, former head of the corporate banking […]
20 Sep 2011

Thousands Protest Against Tymoshenko’s Arrest

More than 5,000 opposition activists took the occasion of Ukraine’s Independence Day to protest against the arrest of opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been in jail since August 5th on charges of contempt of court. She was detained during procedures related to her trial for abuse of office when signing […]
20 Sep 2011

Anti-Corruption Commission Is Not a Good Option for Libya

An article by Nathaniel Heller published on the Global Integrity website today highlights why an Anti-Corruption Commission is would not be a good policy for Libya and other Middle Eatern countries that have experienced political revolutions recently. The author also discusses why Anti-Corruption Commissions have become such a prominent anti-corruption policy, despite empirical evidence showing […]
20 Sep 2011

Anti-Corruption Agency Not Effective Against Corrupt Politicians

The international NGO Human Rights Watch has published a report about the work of the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the country’s anti-corruption agency, and has concluded that the Commission has not been able to punish corrupt politicians effectively since 2002, when it was created. The report, entitled ‘Corruption in Trial?’, shows that […]
20 Sep 2011

Former President Chen Has Jail Term Extended

In a retrial on corruption charges against ex-president Chen Shui-bian (pictured here), Taiwan’s high court sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison, therefore extending his total jail term to 20 years. Chen has been in prison since 2009. This sentence is related to a case in which Chen was accused of embezzling […]
20 Sep 2011

I Paid a Bribe Project Launches Round Table on Corruption

The Indian website ‘I Paid a Bribe’ (logo pictured here), an initiative of the non-profit organization Janaagraha, launched last week a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Straight Talk – Candour on Corruption’, addresing the Lokpal Bill and the current anti-corruption movement in India. Among the participants were prominent local journalists, the civil society activist Nikhil De and […]
20 Sep 2011

Mp Sentenced for Corruption

Ismail Abdul Hameed (pictured here), representative for Kaashidhoo, was convicted today for corruption charges by the Criminal Court, and was sentenced to one year and six months banishment. This punishment, traditional in the Maldives, entails that he will be forbidden to leave a certain island during the designated time. Hameed was found guilty of abuse […]
20 Sep 2011

Anti-Corruption Commission Officials Resign After Reform

Patrick Lumumba (pictured here), head of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), and his deputies have resigned from their positions, according to a statement by the agency’s advisory board. The resignation comes as a result of a law passed by Parliament last week, which transformed the KACC into a new ethics body. The government has already […]
20 Sep 2011

Asset Disclosure Law Remains Ineffective

Russia is among the countries that has introduced legislation for the disclosure of assets by public officials, following articles 8.5 and 20 of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). Nevertheless, recent cases of non-compliance by high-profile politicians raise doubt about how serious this anti-corruption measure is. In 2010, the case of the Russian Parliament’s […]
20 Sep 2011

Former Prime Minister Indicted for Graft

Ex-Prime Minister Ivo Sanader (pictured here) has been indicted for receiving almost EUR 500,000 in bribes from Austrian bank Hypo Alpe Adria, in exchange for facilitating procedures for a loan to Croatia from that institution. The deal took place in 1995, when he was deputy foreign minister. He is also accused of corruption in another […]
20 Sep 2011

Police Chief Arrested for Corruption

A corruption investigation initiated last week against Colonel Margar Ohanian, chief of the Armenian traffic police, led yesterday to his arrest. According to the Special Investigative Service (SIS), Ohanian is accused of abuse of power and embezzlement of public funds. This case follows another investigation on a traffic police officer, Colonel Stepan Karakhanian, who was […]
20 Sep 2011

President Vows to Toughen Anti-Corruption Policies

During his speech to Members of Parliament at the opening of the fifth parliamentary session, President Nursultan Nazarbayev (pictured here) declared that his government will undertake stronger measures to fight corruption in Kazakhstan. He highlighted that the country already has a very effective anti-corruption legal framework, which has led to hundreds of public officials facing […]
02 Sep 2011

Chief Minister of Southern Indian State Resigns After Corruption Accusations

B.S. Yeddyurappa (pictured here), chief minister of Karnataka state in India, stepped down from his position yesterday, as a result of pressure by the leadership of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party in the country at the national level. Last Wednesday, a report by an anti-corruption panel associated him and his family […]