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ON THE MONEY TRAIL: Corruption in the news - Jan. 16

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:30 GMT
Author: TrustLaw
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LONDON - A court in India has convicted a senior politician for involvement in a case of corruption, the BBC reports. Former chief minister of Haryana state Om Prakash Chautala, his politician son Ajay and 53 others have been found guilty of illegally recruiting more than 3,000 primary school teachers. Those convicted will be sentenced at a later date, the BBC said.

TAHITI, French Polynesia - French Polynesia’s criminal court has sentenced a leading politician, Gaston Flosse, to five years in prison for corruption, Radio New Zealand (RNZL) reports. Flosse, who is the territory’s former president and a member of the French Senate, has also been fined $110,000 for corrupt deals involving French Polynesia’s OPT telecommunications company, RNZL said.

PARMA, Italy - The former mayor of the northern Italian city of Parma, Pietro Vignali, was among four people placed under house-arrest on Wednesday in a graft probe, Gazzetta del Sud reports. Pietro Vignali, a 44-year-old who served as mayor of Parma from 2007 to 2011 on the centre-right ticket, is accused of misappropriation of public money and corruption. Investigators believe he illegally used city money for electoral-campaign spending and helped relatives and friends obtain jobs in public bodies.

KOCHI, India - In another corruption scandal involving defence deals, India’s anti-graft squad, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Tuesday conducted surprise raids at Avadi Heavy Vehicles Factory in Chennai and at Steel and Industrial Forgings Ltd (SIFL) in Thrissur, The Times of India reports.

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