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ON THE MONEY TRAIL: Corruption in the news - Jan. 10

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:08 GMT
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Round-up of news reports on corruption from the world's media

PORT AU PRINCE - Haitian ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide answered prosecutors' questions on Wednesday in a landmark investigation for the country over charges he used homeless children to get donations, AFP reports. Among various accusations of corruption, a group of people has filed a complaint claiming they were among street children rescued by La Fanmi se la vi (Family is Life), a charity Aristide created in the 1990s. They say Aristide used the homeless children to raise money he then pocketed for his own expenses. Aristide has never been charged.

VIENNA - Corruption shaved about 5 percent, or 17 billion euros ($22 billion), from Austria’s economy in 2012, according to a study by the opposition Green Party, Bloomberg reports. The party has published a 398-page review of documents and testimony collected last year by a parliamentary corruption panel that investigated abuses among Austrian businesses and politicians.

BRASILIA - A hacker in Brazil has published sensitive personal data of politicians convicted during a major corruption trial known as the "Mensalao", the BBC reports. Jose Genoino, Jose Dirceu and Delubio Soares have had their addresses, phone numbers, emails and other details exposed. On a webpage, the hacker nbdu1nder wrote that they "will have to live with the consequences of their wrongdoing", according to the BBC.


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