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CORRUPTION NEWS ROUND-UP: OECD's Gurria calls for anti-corruption coordination, Nigeria and EU sign anti-graft accord and corruption described as 'endemic' in Irish politics

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:11 GMT
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LONDON (TrustLaw) - Here is our selection of this week’s anti-corruption stories from TrustLaw and other media: 

Global

INTERVIEW-OECD's Gurria calls for coordination in anti-corruption fight

TrustLaw, France

International institutions clamping down on corruption must work closer together and tackle graft “from every side,” the secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said in an interview with TrustLaw.

 

Companies skimp on third party checks at their peril- Deloitte

TrustLaw, UK

The vast majority of companies are running the risk of breaking a U.S. anti-bribery law because they do not carry out enough checks on third party business partners, a poll by global accounting firm Deloitte has found.

 

Africa

Niger parliament looks to lift MPs immunity for alleged graft

TrustLaw, Senegal

Members of Niger’s parliament started looking into demands by the government to lift immunity from prosecution for nine of their colleagues accused of corruption.

 

Q+A- Foreign mining, oil firms risk nationalisation unless locals see benefits-Tanzanian bishop

TrustLaw, UK

Mining and oil companies are under growing pressure from African governments and campaigners to do more for local communities or risk being nationalised, Bishop Stephen Munga of Tanzania said.

 

Could corruption be worse in Tunisia, Egypt after Arab Spring?

TrustLaw, UK

The “Arab Spring” was fuelled in part by popular desire to weed out corruption. But could graft in fact be on the rise in Egypt and Tunisia?

 

Kenyan graffiti artists step up battle against 'vulture' politicians

The Guardian, UK

A group of Kenyan graffiti artists paint murals in the dead-of-night which they hope will encourage Kenyans to ditch politicians widely viewed as corrupt, ineffective and divisive at the next elections.

 

South Africa probes a leader as presidential race looms

The Wall Street Journal, U.S.

South Africa's anticorruption watchdog said it would investigate reports that the romantic partner of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe solicited bribes as part of a failed scheme to sell U.S.-made helicopters through South Africa to Iran.

 

Nigeria, EU sign $46m accord on graft

News 24 (AFP), South Africa

Nigeria and the European Union have signed a $46m deal to finance the fight against corruption in Africa's most populous nation.

 

 

South Asia & Asia-Pacific

Indian PM Singh appeals for anti-corruption bill

BBC, UK

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told leaders of political parties that he is committed to finding a consensus on an anti-corruption bill.

 

Controversial Indonesian law provokes bribery fears

The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

The man who wrote a controversial Indonesian mining law that will force international companies to sell down their stakes in Indonesian mines said he believed foreign-owned companies would "try to buy" corrupt Indonesian politicians to overturn the law.


Iraqi Shias protest against government corruption

BBC, UK

Tens of thousands of Iraqi Shias have marked the ninth anniversary of the US-led invasion which overthrew Saddam Hussein with a large rally in the southern city of Basra. They shouted slogans criticising government corruption and held electric cables to highlight power cuts.

 

Indonesia’s gvt denies that it used bribery to curb student fuel protests

The Jakarta Globe, Indonesia

Indonesia’s government has denied rumours it bribed university rectors to curb student protests against the government’s plan to raise the price of subsidized fuel.

 

Europe

Corruption 'endemic' in Irish politics

Irish Times, Ireland

Corruption affected every level of government from cabinet ministers to local councillors during two decades of political dominance by the political party Fianna Fáil, according to the final report of an Irish planning tribunal.

 

Corruption 'will cost Germany €250 billion'

The Local, Germany

Corruption will blow a quarter-trillion-euro ($332 billion) hole in Germany's economy in 2012, despite the country being near the top of Transparency International's anti-corruption index, a new study has estimated.

 

North America

Imprisoned Mexican cartel member tries bribery to orchestrate his release in Texas

The Washington Post (AP), U.S.

A member of Mexico’s Gulf cartel already serving time in federal prison for threatening to assault and murder agents has been charged in the U.S. state of Texas with bribery for trying to orchestrate his release and deportation.

 

Latin America

Former colonel charged with giving weapons to fake Colombian rebels

TrustLaw, Colombia

A retired Colombian army colonel has been charged with providing weapons to a bogus rebel group in the latest twist of a scandal involving the alleged fake demobilisation of dozens of guerrilla members in the Andean nation.

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