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ON THE MONEY TRAIL: Corruption in the news - Dec.4

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:52 GMT
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LUSAKA, Zambia - Trafigura, the multinational commodities trading company, is embroiled in an investigation into a Zambian government minister who is accused of taking bribes over a $500m fuel contract, The Guardian reports. Zambia's justice minister, Wynter Kabimba, was on Monday called in front of the country's Anti-Corruption Commission to respond to allegations that Trafigura paid his company, Midland Energy Zambia, to secure a petrol and diesel supply deal. The hearing was suspended amid chaotic scenes and protests from the minister's supporters, the newspaper said.

ABUJA – The chairman of Nigeria’s anti-graft squad, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said on Monday that the commission is not able to meet the aspirations of Nigerians in carrying out its mandate of fighting corruption due to budget constraints, Nigeria’s CHANNELS news website reports.

JAKARTA - Indonesia's anticorruption body has detained the most senior police officer since being founded nearly a decade ago, signaling its intent to push forward with an investigation that recently led to a clash between the watchdog panel and the police, requiring the intervention of the country's president, The Wall Street Journal reports. Inspector General Djoko Susilo, the first active police officer of his rank to be prosecuted by the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, is being held in relation to a case involving procurement of driving simulators that the KPK says cost the state up to about $10 million.

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin ordered cabinet members and their families to file personal-spending declarations, stepping up the most far-reaching campaign against corruption of the Russian leader’s 12-year rule, Bloomberg reports. The measure, which amends existing disclosure requirements, will apply to purchases of real estate, securities and vehicles when the amount spent is more than triple the family’s annual income for the previous three years, according to a decree published on Tuesday.

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