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ON THE MONEY TRAIL: Corruption in the news - Jan. 18

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:52 GMT
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ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - A former senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands pleaded guilty on Thursday in a public corruption case, the Associated Press reports. Alvin Williams Jr. entered the plea to racketeering, one of nine charges he faced after he was indicted by a grand jury in November. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as forfeiture penalties and restitution.

JAKARTA - The Indonesian government has decided to give anti-corruption judges a pay rise in an attempt to make them less vulnerable to committing the crime they are supposed to be resolving, The Jakarta Post reports. Under the new 2013 Presidential Regulation, an anti-corruption judge in a lower court will receive a Rp 20.5 million ($ 2123) allowance a month, a high court judge will receive Rp 25 million ($2593) and an appellate court judge Rp 40 million ($4149). Previously, an ad hoc corruption judge in a lower court received an allowance of Rp 13 million a month, whereas a high court judge would have received Rp 16 million a month and an appellate court judge Rp 22 million.

HARARE - Government hospitals in Zimbabwe are riddled with massive corruption, underhand dealings as well as the flouting of State Procurement Board (SPB) regulations and procedures in the procurement of medical equipment, an official investigation has revealed, according to the Zimbabwe Independent. The investigation was triggered by reports of irregularities in the procurement of hospital requirements at two state hospitals by government officials in connivance with suppliers. The report is now in the hands of the police and Anti-Corruption Commission, the newspaper said.

FREETOWN - Sierra Leone's anti-graft body said on Thursday it has opened a probe into the alleged misuse of more than a million dollars in donor funds by the health ministry, South Africa’s Independent newspaper reports. The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said the misappropriated funds of nearly $1.1 million came from the Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and the American-linked Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the newspaper said.

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