LONDON (TrustLaw) - Here is our selection of this week’s anti-corruption stories from TrustLaw and other media:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told leaders of political parties that he is committed to finding a consensus on an anti-corruption bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.