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ON THE MONEY TRAIL: Corruption in the news - Jan. 8

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:03 GMT
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MACAU - The corruption trial of Hong Kong tycoons Joseph Lau Luen-hung and Steven Lo Kit-sing in Macau has again been adjourned, this time because Lau is sick, the South China Morning Post reports. The tycoons are charged with offering a HK$20 million ($2.6 million) bribe to Macau's former public works chief Ao Man-long in 2005. Ao was jailed for 29 years in May, the newspaper said.

PRAGUE – Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas, chairman of the Civic Democrats (ODS) party, faces a criminal complaint filed by defence lawyer Vaclav Laska, on suspicion of having bribed three rebel lawmakers from the ODS with lucrative posts in state-owned firms, the Prague Daily Monitor reports. In a written statement, Necas called the complaint “absurd”, the newspaper said.

JAKARTA – An Indonesian anti-corruption judge went on trial on Jan. 8 charged with taking bribes, The Jakarta Post reports. Judge Kartini Marpaung is being tried by former colleagues in the Semarang District Court on charges that she accepted Rp 150 million ($15,400) in cash to acquit a public official of corruption charges.

DETROIT, U.S. – The star witness in a corruption trial involving the ex- mayor of Detroit portrayed his former friend Kwame Kilpatrick as a crook whose paranoia that the FBI was on his trail didn't stop him from pocketing bribes, The Detroit News reports. In a long-awaited testimony, Derrick Miller gave a firsthand look inside an alleged criminal racket, describing cash payoffs to Kilpatrick and mob-style attempts to outsmart the FBI, the newspaper said.

BERLIN - Several organ transplant centres in Germany have reported that post-death donations sank drastically in the second half of 2012, following revelations about manipulation of waiting lists, news website The Local reports. In a widely-reported scandal, it was revealed that some doctors had altered their patients' documents to make them seem sicker than they really were in order to bump them up the transplant waiting list, the website said.

IRELAND/UGANDA - Uganda has returned to the Irish government some €4 million ($5.2 million) in misallocated aid funds uncovered in October, but the aid tap has yet to be turned back on, development newswire Devex reports. Ireland’s foreign minister welcomed the refund, which could help restore donor confidence in Uganda. Several other countries have also frozen funds for the East African nation, including Britain, the Netherlands and Denmark. Ireland suspended budget support to Kampala after learning of the aid misallocations in a report from Uganda’s auditor-general, and says it won’t restart until Uganda tightens up financial controls, according to Irish press reports.

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