Tag: Corruption

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China Cracks Down on Corrupt Officials Throwing ‘Hedonistic’ Parties

China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the top anti-corruption agency in a government desperate to portray itself as dedicated to rooting out corruption, announced a new crusade against “hedonism and extravagance” on Monday. The idea is to prevent officials from using lavish parties, padded travel expenses, and other perks as a means of concealing graft.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - NOVEMBER 11: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'BANDAR ALGALOUD / SAUDI ROYAL COUNCIL / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (L) is welcomed by Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud (R) at King Salman Air Base Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 11, 2017. (Photo by Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Royal Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia Releases Most Corruption Detainees After Settlements Reached

A statement from Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor on Tuesday indicated that most of the suspects swept up in the recent anti-corruption crackdown will be released after reaching settlements with the government, although a sizable number remain in detention, and some of those will be prosecuted for their offenses.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) attends a meeting with US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis in Riyadh on April 19, 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Dramatic Transformation Continues with Weekend Arrests

The sweeping arrests of dozens of Saudi businessmen, officials, and even royalty on Saturday – culminating in the arrest of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who is all three, and one of the richest men in the world – is one of the most dramatic events in the Kingdom’s modern history. It is a clear sign of power consolidating around Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, upon whom a great deal of President Donald Trump’s Middle East policy is based.

Thabo Mbeki (Gianluigi Guercia / AFP / Getty)

Former South Africa President Denounces His Own Party as Corrupt

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki declared last week that his own party, the African National Congress (ANC), “has become so corrupted that … unprincipled access to political power and the related corrupt self-enrichment has in fact become the norm within the organisation.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offers a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. Chile said Tuesday it has granted diplomatic asylum to five Venezuelans who took refuge in its embassy in Caracas, amid political turmoil as Maduro moves to consolidate power. The five were among a group of 33 jurists who had been named to the Venezuelan Supreme Court by the opposition-controlled National Assembly on July 31 in defiance of the government. / AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETO (Photo credit should read JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)

Odebrecht Exec: We Paid Maduro $35 Million in Bribes to Secure Contracts

Venezuela’s exiled former top prosecutor published a video Thursday that she alleges shows the head of Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction company embroiled in one of the largest corruption schemes in Latin American history, admitting to bribing dictator Nicolás Maduro by donating $35 million to his 2013 presidential campaign.

Former South African President: Corrupt ANC Should Lose 2019 Election

Former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe recently stated that his African National Congress (ANC) party has become so corrupt it should lose the 2019 election for its own good. A few weeks later, with the ANC coming apart at the seams, political analysts believe incumbent President Jacob Zuma may postpone December’s party elections in a bid to retain power for his faction.

Sarah Palin: Big Luther Got His Senate Seat from Corrupt ‘Quid Pro Quo’ – ‘an Old Eskimo Term for That Which Fertilizes the Swamp’

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blasted U.S. Senator Luther Strange for his appointment to his temporary Senate seat by former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. The appointment by Bentley, who later resigned over an ethics scandal, has been under scrutiny since Strange, then-state attorney general, oversaw the Bentley investigation.

Luther Strange Finance Chair Tied to Alabama Bribery Case

Alabama Senator Luther Strange’s campaign finance chair, Thompson Tractor CEO Mike Thompson, is listed on federal tax documents as an officer of the nonprofit Alliance for Jobs, which federal prosecutors say was used to bribe former Alabama state Representative Oliver Robinson, who pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges this month, AL.com’s Kyle Whitmire and John Archibald report.

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 4: GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., left, speaks with a supporter after the U.S. Senate candidate forum held by the Shelby County Republican Party in Pelham, Ala., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Sen. Strange is running in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Alabama State Rep: Luther Strange Not Telling Truth About Corruption Probe

Alabama State Representative Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) is calling for the release of his grand jury testimony in connection with a corruption case involving former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard. Henry says now-U.S. Senator Luther Strange, who is facing a runoff primary Senate election next week against conservative Judge Roy Moore, is not telling the truth behind the anti-corruption unit he led while serving as Alabama’s attorney general.

RFA Discussion - Guo Wengui a Chinese billionaire businessman turned political activist

Billionaire Guo Wengui Asks U.S. for Asylum After Accusing Top Chinese Officials of Corruption

Billionaire real estate mogul Guo Wengui is currently visiting the United States on a tourist visa, but he decided he would like to stay a little longer after top officials back in his homeland declared him an enemy of the Communist regime. Guo applied for asylum in the United States this week, while the Chinese government has filed notices with Interpol seeking his arrest on charges of corruption and rape.

Harry Reid Named in Court Filing in Sen. Menendez Corruption Trial

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pushed the Obama White House to help Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in getting the federal government to back off a Medicare fraud criminal scheme involving a major Menendez supporter, efforts for which Menendez will stand trial in federal court next week on public corruption charges.