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ON THE MONEY TRAIL: Corruption in the news - Nov. 13

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:43 GMT
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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to all parties in the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) financial corruption and mismanagement case to appear at the next hearing on Dec 4, DawnNews reported PIA’s counsel Raja Bashir told the court that PIA’s current management was trying to improve the condition of the company.

BEIJING - Corruption is very much the hot topic at the 18th Communist Party congress under way in Beijing, the Los Angeles Times reported.   The former railroad minister is alleged to have accumulated $250 million in bribes, families of Politburo members are revealed to have fortunes of hundreds of millions of dollars.

MELBOURNE – Victoria’s new anti-corruption commission will investigate serious crimes rather than small "tea money" thefts, the State Government says, according to the Herald Sun The final pieces of legislation in the government's new integrity regime will be introduced in the state parliament on Tuesday.

HAMILTON, N.J. - Federal prosecutors are expected to put their star witness on the stand today in the corruption trial of Mayor John Bencivengo, the Star-Ledger reports.  Bencivengo was arrested in April by the FBI and faces charges of extortion, attempted extortion, money laundering and violating the federal Travel Act. He has pleaded not guilty.

DETROIT - Citizens United Against Corrupt Government, led by Highland Park activist Robert Davis, won its suit accusing the Highland Park Public School Academy system of violating the Open Meetings Act, the Detroit Free Press reports.  Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo Jr. ruled the charter school district to be in violation after hearing oral arguments Friday.

ZAGREB - Hundreds of doctors in Croatia have been implicated in a corruption probe targeting a local pharmaceutical firm whose management and other workers were detained on Monday, Agence France Presse quoted Health Minister Rajko Ostojic as saying. The employees of Farmal, based in the northern town of Ludbreg, have been detained on suspicion of corruption and the investigation will now focus on doctors, he said.

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