31 May 2011

Swedish Housing Boss Guilty in Bribery Trial

Olle Lundgren (pictured here) was convicted of accepting $13,500-worth (24 metric tons) of bricks meant for the construction of housing by the contractor Weinberger, in the hope that Mr. Lundgren would help out the company in the future. Mr. Lundgren’s conviction in the case will lead to a 6-month prison sentence even though, according to […]
31 May 2011

62 Romanian Border Police Officers Indicted for Corruption

62 Romanian Border Patrol Officers and 4 Customs Officials were indicted by Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors from a northern border crossing on Wednesday. The 66 officials are accused of soliciting and/or accepting bribes amount to approximately 893,740 euros between September 2010 and January 2011. A total of 49 of the 66 indicted persons are currently in […]
24 May 2011

Serbian Customs Officials Sentenced for Corruption

21 members of the customs mafia were sentenced last week in Belgrade to a collective 60 years of imprisonment for embezzling goods worth millions of euros. The officials were originally arrested in 2006 for abuse of office and corruption. For the original article from SETimes.com, please click
24 May 2011

Nazarbayev Wins 95% of Vote; Election Monitors Point to Ballot Stuffing

Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has been the President of Kazakhstan since the 1980s, won re-election this Sunday with over 95% of the vote and a voter-turnout rate of more than 90%. International election monitors, such as the
24 May 2011

Romania’s Anti-Corruption Department to Investigate Mep Adrian Severin

Romania’s Anti-Corruption Department has announced that it will take all possible legal steps in order to investigate the corruption scandal involving MEP Adrian Severin, including stripping him of immunity. Responding to a MEDIAFAX inquiry, the DNA has announced that the Prosecutor General’s Office and the Ministry of Justice are both looking into the case of […]
24 May 2011

Romanian Media Mogul Threatens Tv Board Members With Death

In a disagreement with the Board of Asesoft (owners of Realitatea TV in Romania) over additions to a management contract, media mogul Sorin Ovidiu Vantu (pictured here) and some of his associates threatened to kill Sebastian Ghita and other members of the Asesoft Board. Ghita went on to tell
24 May 2011

Us Ambassador to Bulgaria Says Bulgarian Justice System Is Corrupt

The US Ambassador to Bulgaria, James Warlick (pictured), said that the Bulgarian judicial system was dishonest, corrupt, and had two sets of standards: one set for the wealthy and powerful and another for the poor and ordinary. The Ambassador made his comments at a national security and anti-crime conference organized by the George Marshall Association […]
24 May 2011

Former Egyptian Housing Minister Arrested for Corruption

Ibrahim Soliman, the former Egyptian Housing Minister from 1993-2005 under now-deposed President Hosni Mubarak, has been arrested on charges of corruption. Mr. Soliman came under fire first in 2009 from independent members of the Egyptian parliament for allegedly corrupt real estate deals connected to family members and high-level government officials. Mr. Soliman is the second […]
24 May 2011

Thousands Join Indian Activist’s Hunger Strike Against Corruption

Prominent Indian activist Anna Hazare (72) began a fast unto death in order to coerce the government to allow civil society to have a say in the adoption of a bill meant to fight against corruption through the creation of an ombudsman. The protests, number in low-thousands, include people from over 400 different cities and […]
24 May 2011

Gamal Mubarak to Appear Before Egyptian Panel on Corruption

Gamal Mubarak, son of the former Egyptian President Hosni and the once-presumed heir to his father’s rule, has been summoned to appear before an Egyptian panel by the country’s newly created anti-corruption body in order to explain the sudden growth in his personal wealth. Gamal Mubarak is not alone either – he is the third […]
24 May 2011

Kyrgyzstan Still Fighting Corruption One Year After Ousting of Bakiev

One year after popular protests forced Kyrgyz strongman Kurmanbek Bakiev to flee the country for Belarus, the government of interim President Roza Otunbaeva (pictured here) is still struggling to fight corruption and organized crime says First Deputy Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov. While some accuse the government of having done very little over the past year […]
24 May 2011

Foreign Charities Must Register With Gov’t Says Haitian Pm

So many foreign NGOs work in Haiti that even before the devastating 2010 earthquake it was jokingly referred to as the Republic of NGOs. Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive wants NGOs to register with the national government in order to cut down on the duplication of services, some of which compete with government services, and […]
24 May 2011

Armenian Pm Wants New Anti-Corruption Initiative

Armenia’s Prime Minister, Tigran Sargsyan, says that the government must implement measures that raise the quality of Armenia’s service and fight corruption. PM Sargsyan pointed to the annual vehicle check-up controls, the police force, and the issuance of driver’s licenses as starting points. Mr. Sargsyan said that Our citizens must realize that the measure is […]
24 May 2011

Goa Opposition Suspects Education Minister Set Free After Phone Call

The opposition BJP Party in India’s wealthiest state, Goa, accused the Finance Minister’s Office of calling Mumbai’s airport customs control in order to let Goan Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate (pictured here) go after he was detained for carrying large amounts of foreigh currency on his person. The Goan assembly has been stopped for two days […]
24 May 2011

Kosovo’s Former President Says Us Diplomat Handpicked His Successor

Kosovo’s former President Behgjet Pacolli denounced his successor, Atifete Jahjaga (pictured here) as having been handpicked by US diplomat Christoper Dell after his own election was deemed to be unconstitutional. Pacolli went on to state that he had never heard of Ms. Jahjaga prior to her nomination to succeed him as the President of Kosovo. […]
24 May 2011

Sri Lankan Anti-Corruption Editor Released on Bail

A dissident Sri Lankan journalist has been released on bail. While Bennett Rupasinghe (68 – pictured above) is accused of threatening a man, independent journalists and rights groups claim that the charges are actually intended to suppress the anti-corruption editor and media in general. Lankaenews, the site that Mr. Rupasinghe works for, has been threatened […]
24 May 2011

Mubarak Denies Embezzling Money

The former President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak (pictured here), speaking to the public for the first time since his abdication of power, denied the charges of embezzlement leveled against him. Egypt’s Prosecutor General responded by announcing that he had called in former President Mubarak and his two sons in for questioning over the embezzlement charges. […]
24 May 2011

Bahraini Woman Calls Upon Barack Obama to Pressure Gov’t for the Release of Relatives

Zainab al Khawaja, the dauther of a prominent Bahraini rights activist, Abdulhadi al Khawaja (pictured here), threatened to go on a hunger strike, starting yesterday, if her demands for the release of her father, husband, and brother-in-law, and uncle were met. Ms. al Khawaja wrote an open-letter to US President Barack Obama demanding the release […]
24 May 2011

Azerbaijani Customs Officials Fight Corruption and Smuggling

At a Cabinet Minsters meeting on Wednesday, the State Customs Committee Chairman, Aydin Aliyev (pictured here) declared that 33 separate incidents of drug smuggling had been uncovered by Azerbaijani officials in the first quarter of the new year alone. Azerbaijani authorities have recently implemented new programs in order to increase transparency, prevent smuggling and tax […]
24 May 2011

Nazarbayev Appoints Son-In-Law As Head of National Wealth Fund

President Nazarbayev’s son-in-law, Timur Kulibayev (pictued here), was recently appointed to head the state’s national wealth fund after its previous head, Kairat Kelimbetov, was appointed to be the Minister of Economic Development and Trade by President Nazarbayev. Mr. Kulibayev, who is married to the President’s second-oldest daughter Dinara, made the Forbes World’s Bilionaires list, coming […]
24 May 2011

Ceca Accepts Plea Bargain

Serbian pop singer Svetlana Ceca Raznatovic, who was originally charged with embezzlement from the Football (soccer) club that she managed as well as with the illegal possession of firearms, agreed to a plea bargain on Monday of this week. The plea bargain with Ms. Raznatovic, in exchange for pleading guilty to the embezzlement charges, includes […]
24 May 2011

Georgia’s Ministry of Justice to Share Experience With Kazakhs

A Kazakh delegation from the Ministry of Justice visited their counterparts from Georgia on Wednesday to familiarize themselves with reforms that the Georgian’s implemented in order to combat corruption, crime, and the thievish mentality. The Georgians shared their experiences with the Kazakh delegation in order to help the Kazakhs with their own reforms. Furthermore, a […]
24 May 2011

Human Rights Group Criticizes Jailing of Blogger

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil (26 – pictured here) was sentenced earlier this week to three years in prison for criticizing military rule, causing an outcry among rights activists both in Egypt and abroad. Mr. Nabil was sentenced last Sunday without his lawyers present, as they were told that the sentencing would take place on Tuesday. […]
24 May 2011

Prosecutor Wants Baryktobasov Jailed for 18 Years

The prosecutor in charge of Kyrgyz opposition leader Urmat Baryktobasov’s (pictured here) case for allegedly trying to illegally overthrow the government, along with 14 other associates, has asked for the maximum jail time – 18 years. Mr. Baryktobasov tried to register as a candidate for the 2005 elections, but was denied because the Election Commission […]
24 May 2011

Erdogan Rejects Accusations of Pressuring the Media

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured here), of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), argued at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) that the independence of the media was not under attack in Turkey despite the recent arrest of 26 journalists, as the Prime Minister noted that the journalists were not arrested for […]