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ON THE MONEY TRAIL: Corruption in the news - Jan. 22

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:00 GMT
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DELHI - The ex-chief minister of the Indian state of Haryana, Om Prakash Chautala, and his son Ajay, also a politician, have been sentenced to 10 years in jail for corruption, the BBC reports. Last week Chautala and 54 others were convicted of forging documents to hire 3,206 teachers between 1999 and 2000. Prosecutors said well-qualified candidates were rejected in favour of those who offered bribes for jobs. It is estimated that the scam was worth about 1.5bn rupees ($28 million), the BBC said.

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s anti-graft squad, the National Accountability Bureau, said it had suspended a probe into a graft scandal involving the prime minister pending an inquiry into the death of an officer investigating the case, the PakTribune reports. Kamran Faisal was found dead in the government hostel where he lived with colleagues from the NAB. According to the initial findings of an autopsy, he committed suicide. He was reportedly found hanging from a ceiling fan, but Faisal's family say he had marks on his wrists and challenged the finding that he killed himself, the newspaper said.

BEIJING - As China's new leaders intensify a campaign to root out corruption, thousands of Communist party officials have been panicked into a fire sale of their illicit properties while billions of pounds have been smuggled overseas, The Telegraph reports. A report by the Communist Party's powerful anti-corruption unit, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CDIC), said the volume of deals had intensified by "a hundred times" after incoming President Xi Jinping put a vigorous and resolute politician, Wang Qishan, in charge of stamping out graft.

MANILA - Embattled former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the plunder complaint filed against her because the evidence was weak, the Gulf Times reports. Arroyo argued that the elements of plunder as provided by law were not established in the preliminary investigation by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, the country’s chief graft-buster.

MONTREAL - Quebec’s corruption inquiry suffered a blow when a high-profile witness declared that he made up some of his testimony, the National Post reports.  The same witness's previous testimony had hastened the resignation last fall of Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay. The witness, Martin Dumont, recanted another part of his testimony — and was recorded on video stating that he’d made up some details. This dominated proceedings on Monday when the inquiry returned from a lengthy winter break.

LONDON – A Sun newspaper reporter and a former police officer have been charged over alleged corrupt payments, Sky News reports.  The charges are part of a wide-ranging probe into payments made by journalists of News International to public officials.  Ex-Metropolitan Police constable Paul Flattley and The Sun's defence editor Virginia Wheeler are accused of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. It is alleged that Flattley was paid at least £4,000 in cheques and £2,450 in cash between May 2008 and September 2011 in exchange for information, including about the death of a 14-year-old girl.




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