Tanzania freezes assets of anti-graft official over suspected corruption

By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM, May 18 : Tanzania’s anti-graft watchdog said today it had frozen the assets of its chief accountant and planned to charge him with corruption, part of an aggressive anti-graft drive in which thousands of officials have already lost their jobs. President John Magufuli, in office since November 2015, has […]

Ex-Guinea minister convicted of laundering bribes

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK, May 3 : A former Guinea government minister was convicted on Wednesday of laundering 8.5 million dollars in bribes that US prosecutors say he took in exchange for helping a Chinese conglomerate secure mining rights. Jurors in federal court in Manhattan convicted Mahmoud Thiam, 50, of one count of money […]

Ex-Guinea minister in bribery case tells jury that payments were loans

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK, May 3 : A former Guinea government minister accused of laundering 8.5 million dollars in bribes he took in exchange for helping a Chinese conglomerate secure mining rights told jurors in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday that the money was a personal loan. Mahmoud Thiam, taking the stand near the […]

Brazil graft probe sparks hopes of change, fears of chaos

By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 13 : For some in Brazil, the decision by a Supreme Court judge to place many top politicians under investigation for suspected corruption, including leading contenders in next year’s presidential race, clears the way for a new era in politics. The sweeping probe ordered by Justice Luiz Edson […]

Troubled Ukrainian anti-corruption drive hits software obstacle

By Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets KIEV, Mar 29 : Software glitches mean thousands of Ukrainian officials will not meet an April deadline to declare their 2016 assets online, officials said, in a further blow to a flagship anti-corruption scheme championed by Kiev’s Western supporters. Kiev rolled out an initiative last year obliging MPs and […]

Macau billionaire’s aide in plea talks in UN bribe case

By Nate Raymond Undated, Mar 29: The assistant to a billionaire real estate developer from Macau accused of engaging in a scheme to pay bribes to a former United Nations General Assembly president is in plea talks, his lawyer said. The negotiations involving Jeff Yin, who was arrested along with billionaire Ng Lap Seng in […]