Venezuela probes ex-oil czar Ramirez over alleged graft scheme

By Deisy Buitrago and Marianna Parraga CARACAS/HOUSTON, Dec 30 : Venezuela is investigating Rafael Ramirez, a once powerful oil minister and former head of state oil company PDVSA, in connection with an alleged $4.8 billion Vienna-based corruption scheme, the state prosecutor’s office announced on Friday. Prosecutor Tarek Saab said Ramirez and at least four other […]

Two Saudi princes released from detention in anti-corruption probe -source

By Rania El Gamal and Katie Paul DUBAI/RIYADH, Dec 28 : Two sons of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah have been released from detention at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, days after nearly two dozen other detainees in the kingdom’s two-month-old anti-corruption campaign were also freed. Saudi Arabia’s attorney general approved the release of Prince Meshaal bin […]

Ukraine tries to fend off critics as West cranks up pressure on corruption

By Matthias Williams and Natalia Zinets KIEV, Dec 6 : Ukraine’s general prosecutor denied on Wednesday that his office was impeding the work of a new anti-corruption body as he sought to deflect charges by Kiev’s Western backers that Ukraine was backsliding on promises to fight graft. The United States, the European Union and Canada […]

Guatemala prosecutors target ex-president for alleged corruption

By Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY, Oct 6 : Guatemala’s attorney general and a U.N. anti-graft body accused the mayor of Guatemala City, Alvaro Arzu, of corruption on Thursday, adding him to a long list of influential politicians under investigation for suspected wrongdoing. Arzu, who was also Guatemalan president from 1996-2000, rejected the accusations after they […]

China’s highest-profile fugitive assailed by businessman who says he was framed for crimes

By Philip Wen BEIJING, Sept 19 : China’s highest profile fugitive, exiled billionaire Guo Wengui, is under attack from a former business partner who claims Guo got him framed for crimes he says he did not commit. After having a conviction for embezzling 855 million yuan ($130 million) from a company owned by Guo quashed, […]