08 Aug 2011

Greco Releases Report on Andorra

The Council of Europe’s GRECO (Group of States Against Corruption) released a
08 Aug 2011

Council of Europe Sponsoring Serbian Trip to Ireland/Uk

An excerpt on the scheduled meeting, which begins today, from the Council of Europe’s Action Against Economic Crime’s web page: CAR project is launching a series of actions aimed at examining the possibility of introduction of the non-conviction based forfeiture in Serbia. In anticipation of the aforementioned activities, on 20-25-30 June 2011 CAR project will […]
08 Aug 2011

Tunisia’s Ben Ali Gets 35 Years for Embezzlement in 6-Hour Trial

In a follow-up to Monday’s story, Tunisia’s ousted former President, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, was sentenced to a 35-year prison sentence for charges of embezzlement of state funds after a 6-hour tril. The former Tunisian President denounced the sentence as legally insane, with Mr. Ben Ali’s French lawyer, Jean Yves Le Borgne saying that […]
08 Aug 2011

Uganda’s Pm Cleared of Wrongdoing in Conflict-Of-Interest Case

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi of Uganda was cleared yesterday of charges of conflict of interest stemming from the purchase of a communications system by the Inspector General of the Government. A May 2010 Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had recommended his prosecution in a general report for a deal amounting to about $5 million that […]
08 Aug 2011

Oecd Calls for Action in Arab Region Against Corruption

On June 10th, 2011, senior government officials from across the Arab region met with business and civil society leaders in order to discuss how to tackle corruption and bribery more effectively in Rabat Morocco, with the meeting being organized by the OECD. The OECD Deputy Secretary General, Richard Boucher, was quoted as saying that Governments […]
08 Aug 2011

German Mep Calls for Anti-Corruption Board in Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania

08 Aug 2011

Italy Suspects Energy Companies of Corruption in Dealings in Iraq and Kuwait

Italy’s largest energy group, ENI, is being investigated for corruption by an Italian prosecutor. The prosecutor is looking to determine whether or not ENI executives received kickbacks from Italian construction and engineering firms for the awarding of sub-contracts dealing with ENI projects in Iraq and Kuwait. ENI, however, is not the only Italian firm under […]
08 Aug 2011

Oecd Releases Report on Fighting Corruption in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Back in March, the OECD released a report on fighting corruption in Eastern Europe entitled Asset Declarations for Public Officials: A Tool to Prevent Corruption. Here is a link to the
08 Aug 2011

Serbia to Investigate Privatizations in Response to Eu Demands

Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic (pictured here) said that looking into the possible illegal privatization of 20 Serbian companies, as demanded by the EU Commission, would prove to be very important in order to continue accession talks to the EU, while others commented that this would be an important test for the Serbia judiciary. Verica […]
08 Aug 2011

Commissioner Füle Confirms Areas That Need Improvement for Fyrom

EU Commissioner Štefan Füle (pictured here) confirmed, after meeting with the FYROM’s PM, Nicola Gruevski, the areas in which the FYROM needs to make improvements in order to continue on the road to EU accession, with public administration and judicary reform, the fight against corruption, and the freedom of the media being included in the […]
08 Aug 2011

Serb Opposition Politician Rails Against Endemic Corruption

The Serb Progressive Party (SNS) Leader Tomislav Nicolić (pictured here) held a conference on Thursday in Belgrade dedicated to fighting corruption, with Mr. Nicolić saying that Serbia needs a general anti-corruption strategy that is based on reforming institutions, changing legislation, and increasing the partnership between the state and civil society. Mr. Nicolić went on to […]
01 Aug 2011

Bjp Continuing Fight Against Corruption in India

India’s BJP General Secretary, Ananth Kumar (pictured here), argued against the idea that the BJP is simply following the lead of anti-corruption protetors such as Anna Hazare and the popular yogi Baba Ramdev, saying that the BJP had brought up these issues in the run-up to the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Mr. Kumar announced that […]
01 Aug 2011

Spanish Party Accused of Buying Votes in Local Election

Juan José Imbroda (pictured here), the mayor of Melilla and from the Popular Party (Partido Popular – PP), has been accused of buying the votes of drug addicts and the poor by offering them jobs, cash, or coupons for food or gas for the May 22nd City Council election. Mustafá Aberchán, head of the Coalition […]
01 Aug 2011

Dutch Slow to React in Philips-Poland Corruption Case

The Polish Prosecutor’s Office has accused the Dutch authorities of being slow to react to their requests for assistance in the ongoing corruption case invovling Philips-Poland workers, who are accused of paying 760,000 euros ($1.1 million) in bribes between 1999 and 2006. While the Polish authorities had made several requests for assistance from the Dutch, […]
01 Aug 2011

Congolese Diplomat to Serbia Investigated for Smuggling

Congolese Diplomat, Marc Marius Itela, and his wife Bombeto Pascaline Esther (pictured here) are being investigated by anti-corruption authorities in Romania for leading an organized crime group including Romanians and Serbians involved in smuggling cigarettes between the two countries. The couple is suspected of using their official diplomatic car to avoid being checked by customs […]
01 Aug 2011

Ex-Siemens Manager Charged in Germany over Alleged Bribes in Argentina

German prosecutors announced on Tuesday that they have filed charges against a former Siemens manager and Board Member (between 2000 and 2007) over alleged bribes paid to local Argentine officials to produce identity cards. Siemens subsidiaries concluded contracts in the 1990s to produce identity cards after bribing local officials; however, the contract was cancelled in […]
01 Aug 2011

Corrupt Oil-For-Food Contracts in Iraq Are (Finally) Closed

The corrupt Oil For Food program run by the UN in the mid-90s to help ease civilian suffering in Iraq due to sanctions led to lawsuits involving over 150 companies – all of which were closed as of Tuesday, the Iraqi government announced. Various international companies overcharged for supplies sold under the program by an […]
01 Aug 2011

Ec Demands Romanian Gov’t Return over 1 Million Euros

The European Commission told the Romanian National Sports Authority that it needed to return over 1 million euros ($1.42 million) that it had illegally spent between 2003 and 2005. Romanian anti-corruption investigators thus began investigating the activities conducted by the Sports Authority who was under the leadership of Cristian Rizea (pictured here), of the Social […]
01 Aug 2011

Serbian Anti-Corruption Council Releases Report

Serbia’s Anti-Corruption Council released a report in mid-May on the privatization of the company Novosti and announced this both via a press conference (photo here) and online on their
04 Jul 2011

Maran Denies Wrongdoing in 2G Licenses Scandal

Dayanidhi Maran (pictured here) denied allegations that his family-owned business Sun Television Network was paid off by a Malaysian company that benefitted from the equity sold by Aircel, the beneficiary of 14 telecom licenses while he was Telecom Minister between 2004 and 2007. Mr. Maran, who is now the Union Textile Minister, responded to the […]
04 Jul 2011

Judge Named Suspect in Indonesian Bribery Case

An Indonesian judge, Judge Syarifuddin (pictured here), was named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after he was caught receiving a bribe in his North Jakarta home earlier today. Foreign currency worth Rp 2billion were confiscated in three different envelopes by the KPK, along with a Mitsubishi Pajero and an additional Rp250 million […]
04 Jul 2011

Indian Yoga Guru Threatens Anti-Corruption Hunger Strike

Only a month or so after prominent Indian activist Anna Hazare went on a hunger strike to protest against the lack of anti-corruption measures put in place by the ruling Congress Party, India’s most famous yoga guru, Swami Ramdev (pictured here) is threatening to start a hunger strike on Saturday in Delhi for the same […]
04 Jul 2011

Montenegro Needs to Continue Reforms on Rule of Law

Jean Charles Gardetto (pictured here), the rapportuer for Montengro for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), praised the Montenegran government for its reforms on the rule of law and other Council of Europe recommendations, but said that they needed to continue with reforms, such as passing the Ombudsman law. Gardetto mentioned that […]
04 Jul 2011

Armenian Man Jailed for Questionable Corruption Charges Released

Tigran Postanjian (pictured here), the brother of a prominent Armenian opposition parliament deputy, Zaruhi Postanjian, was released from jail after spending more than three months on corruption charges, which he says are a backhanded way for the government to silence his outspoken sister. Mr. Postanjian was working for the Arabkir district in February when he […]
04 Jul 2011

Azerbaijani Official in Ministry of Education Detained on Corruption Charges

The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General, via the Anti-Corruption Department, launched an investigation into a Ministry of Education (building pictured here) official concerning corruption charges and arrested several employees, including one employee named Orkhan Kerimov. For the original article from Trend.az, please click