04 Jul 2011

Former Macedonian Interior Miniter Held for Abuse of Office

A former Macedonian Interior Minister, Ljube Boskoski (pictured here), was arrested on Monday after allegedly being found with a revolver and 100,000 in cash in a bag in his car. A court in Skopje ruled that Mr. Boskoski would be held for 30 days pending a trial on suspicion that he unlawfully financed a political […]
04 Jul 2011

British Embassy Official Allowed Turned a Blind Eye to Fraudulent Albanian Applications

Mark Griffith (pictured here), a British diplomat, allowed more than 60 Albanians to enter the UK on fraudulent visas in connection with Samuel Fongho, a recruitment consultant. While Mr. Fongho was said to have charged up to 7,122 pounds (nearly $11,700) per application, it is not clear if Mr. Griffith profited as well. Mr. Griffith […]
04 Jul 2011

the Eu Announces the Creation of an Anti-Corruption Reporting Mechanism

The EU’s Commission for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, announced that the EU would unveil a new anti-corruption reporting mechanism in order to identify failures and vulnerabilities across the 27 EU member states. A report will also be released by the Commission every two years, starting in 2013. Ms. Malmström said that, While there are quite […]
04 Jul 2011

Former Kazakh Ambassador Accuses Regime of Funneling Money to Us Congress

Rakhat Aliyev (pictured here), the former Kazakh Ambassador to Austria and former son-in-law to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, recently alleged that Nazarbayev has been secretly and illegally been funneling money to various members of the US Congress – so-called group of friends of Kazakhstan. Mr. Aliyev recently had a falling out with President Nazarbayev and […]
27 Jun 2011

Trial Against Tunisia’s Former President Begins

The trial against Tunisia’s ousted former President, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali (pictured here along with his wife), began while he was in exile in Saudi Arabia on Monday in the capital, Tunis. While Tunisian authorities requested that Saudi authorities extradite the former President, they did not respond to the request. Mr. Ben Ali is […]
27 Jun 2011

Corruption Appears to Be Rife in Fifa

While FIFA’s Sepp Blatter (pictured here) was cleared of allegations of corruption, 2 FIFA officials, Mohamed bin Hamman (President of the Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, were temporarily suspended barring further investigation into allegations of corruption. Mr. Hamman and Mr. Warner are accuseed of bribing 25 Caribbean delegates with $40,000 to […]
27 Jun 2011

House of Lords Member Jailed for Expense Fraud

A Conservative Party legislator, John Taylor (pictured here), was sentenced to 12 months of prison time for fraudulently filing expense claims; Mr. Taylor claimed 11,000 pounds ($18,000) in expenses for commuting from his Oxford home 90km outside of London when in fact he lived in London. The reputation of Britain’s government has taken a hit […]
27 Jun 2011

Uk Corruption Watchdog Investigates Eads

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has launched an investigation into the European defense group EADS bribed Saudi officials in order to win a $3.3 billion communications contract for GPT Special Project Management, owned by EADS, to provide communications and intranet services for Saudi National Guard. In July, tough new anti-corruption laws in the UK […]
27 Jun 2011

Azerbaijan Continues Anti-Corruption Policy

Ali Ahmadov (pictured here), the Executive Secretary of the New Azerbaijan Party, announced today that Azerbaijan will continue with its anti-corruption policy. Secretary Ahmadov went on to say that Measures to combat corruption have been strengthened by administrative forms and methods, as well as by improving the legislation work is carried out to prevent similar […]
27 Jun 2011

Norad and Hsog Release New Anti-Corruption Report

An excerpt from the report: Why, despite unprecedented investment in anticorruption in the last fifteen years, since the implementation of global monitoring instruments and global legislation, have so few countries managed to register progress? This new report commissioned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) to the Hertie School of Governance argues that conceptual […]
20 Jun 2011

Do Soft Prison Sentences for Belarussian Show Lukashenko’s Vulnerability?

A Belarussian court handed suspended sentences to two former Presidential candidates on Friday for inciting riots after last year’s not-so-free-and-fair elections in Europe’s last dictatorship. Vladimir Neklyayev and Vitaly Rymashevsky were each given two-year sentences that were then suspended, hinting at the fact that the regime of Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko may be sensitive to […]
20 Jun 2011

German Court Sentences Croat for Fixing Soccer Matches

Ante Sapina (pictured here), a German-Croat, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years of prison for fixing soccer matches throughout Europe, from lower division domestic leagues all the way to the Champions League and even World Cup Qualifying matches. Together with an accomplice, Marijo Cvrtak, Mr. Sapina amassed one of the largest soccer-fixing enterprises in recent […]
20 Jun 2011

Serbia Must Fight Crime and Corruption to Join Eu – Barroso

Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission (pictured here – left), met with Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic (also pictured here – right) to discuss Serbia’s future integration into the European Union, saying that Serbia needed to continue fighting organized crime and corruption as part of ongoing judicial reforms. Mr. Barroso said that […]
20 Jun 2011

Romania Needs to Continue Fighting Corruption to Join Schengen Area

German State Secretary for the Interior Ministry, Ole Schröder (pictured here), commented last week on Romania’s chances to join the Schengen area in October, saying that Romania needed to continue fighting organized crime and corruption. Mr. Schröder furthermore said that Romania’s pursuance of corruption among customs officials was a step in the right direction and […]
20 Jun 2011

Indian Executives Involved in Telecom Fraud Denied Bail

5 of the top Indian executives arrested in connection with the fraudulent 2008 selling of telecom licenses were denied bail earlier today because, according to the Indian court, the accused may interfere with the process of justice by tampering with the evidence. The court also weighed the gravity of the crimes, saying that taking into […]
20 Jun 2011

Anti-Corruption Prosecutors Raid Customs Officials, Ministry Official, and Senator

Anti-corruption prosecutors in Romania raided the homes of 50 customs officials, the Interior Ministry Secretary General – Laurentiu Mironescu (pictured here) -, and Senator Mircea Banias on suspicion of smuggling gasoline through the Black Sea port of Constanta. Tax evasion in the gasoline smuggling scandal has cost the state an estimated 1 million euros (~$1.42 […]
20 Jun 2011

Turkish President Calls on Politicians to Stand Against Blackmail

Turkish President Abdullah Gül called on all politicians to stand against the use of blackmail in light of a video blackmail scandal involving the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). President Gül, before receiving the Ambassadors from Kenya, Sri Lanka, and Honduras, said that “Such blackmail is both ugly and dangerous. It may happen to one […]
20 Jun 2011

Valencian Court to Try Spanish Politicians

Spain’s infamous Gürtel case, involving a corruption ring led by Francisco Correa (pictured here) and Pablo Crespo that benefitted Popular Party (PP) politicians for the awarding of contracts, will now at least in part be tried in Valencia rather than in Madrid. The case, which dates back to events that occurred as far back as […]
20 Jun 2011

Chilean Prosecutors Open up Bribery Case Involving Former Argentine Minister

Chilean prosecutors have opened up a bribery case against a former Argentine minister, Ricardo Jaime (pictured here), involving Chile’s national airline LAN. The former minister was allegedly paid a bribe dating back to 2006 and 2007 in order to help with the setting up of operations in Argentina. Chile’s current President, Sebastián Piñera, was a […]
16 Jun 2011

Pristina’s Mayor Accuses Police of Blackmail

Isa Mustafa (pictured here), the Mayor of Pristina, accused the police of political blackmail and of initimidating municipal workers last week. Mayor Mustafa said that pressure was coming from police that are close to the Democratic Party’s intelligence service, SHIK. Mayor Mustafa, who is also the chairman of the main opposition party, the Democratic League […]
16 Jun 2011

Dominican Republic’s Anti-Corruption Department Gets Slammed for Not Indicting

The Dominican Republic’s Accounts Chamber President, Licelot Marte (pictured here), accused the Justice Ministry’s Anti-Corruption Department of not indicting those accused of fraudulent or irregular actions that have been uncovered by government audits. Ms. Marte when on to list various irregularities that were uncovered but, as of yet, not handled by the Justice Ministry, including […]
16 Jun 2011

50 Municipal Officials Arrested in Anti-Corruption Sweep in Turkey

50 Turkish municipal officials were arrested on Monday in the Aegean provinces of Izmir and Aydin in an anti-corruption sweep against suspected interference in public tenders and fraudulent practices in cultural and artistic events. Turkey’s main oppositin party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), criticized the government by saying that the sweep was politically motivated, given […]
16 Jun 2011

Monica Iacob Ridzi Indicted for Youth Day Event Corruption

Anti-corruption investigators in Romania have indicted Monica Iacob Ridzi (pictured here), the former Romanian Youth Minister, for abuse of service against the public interest and intellectual fraud with events related to the 2009 Youth Day celebrations in Romania. The investgation against Ms. Ridzi was launched after reports by a daily sports magazine surfaced shortly after […]
16 Jun 2011

Corrupt Mayor’s Children Made to Pay for His Mistakes

The children of the late Jesús Gil (pictured here), a controversial former businessman and politician of Marbella, Spain, are being forced by a Spanish court to repay over 100 million euros in compensation to the city for accounting irregularities during their father’s tenure as Mayor. As the three children are the heirs to Mr. Gil’s […]
16 Jun 2011

Former Romanian Labor Minister and Mp Acquitted of Corruption Charges

A former Romanian Labor Minister, Paul Pacuraru (pictured here) – who was in office between April 2007 and September 2008 – and a former Romanian MP, Dan Ilie Morega, were acquitted of accusations of corruption stemming back to December 2008 on Wednesday. Prosecutors had accused Mr. Morega of offering to help Mr. Pacuraru’s son win […]