Featured Bribery & Corruption

Malaysia set to begin biggest 1MDB trial involving ex-PM Najib

Malaysia’s former prime minister, Najib Razak, on Monday faces the biggest of five trials linked to a multi-billion-dollar scam at state fund 1MDB, although lawyers are seeking a delay to allow time for the completion of a previous trial. Najib, who lost a general election last year, has been hit… Read More

Goldman’s Star in Hong Kong Turns Into 1MDB Scandal’s Enigmatic Man

Andrea Vella was Goldman Sachs’s top dealmaker in Hong Kong. He had a nose for splashy trades, a fondness for the Bentley Continental, and a vague enough resemblance to George Clooney that there was even a joke among some bankers: “What would George do?” That was almost a year ago. Read More

Latvian bank that accused central bank head to be wound up: ECB

The Latvian lender which accused the country’s central bank head of corruption is failing and will be shut down, European banking authorities said on Thursday. PNB Banka, one of the smallest lenders under ECB supervision with just 550 million euros of assets, has seen “significant deterioration in its capital situation… Read More
16th August 2019
As president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades has worked to strengthen his country’s relationship with Russia while dealing with international criticism of its lax financial and money laundering controls. But several years before his 2013 election, a law firm he established and co-owned, and in which he was a partner at… Read More
15th August 2019
More than £100m suspected to have been imported to the UK from bribery and corruption overseas has been frozen following a court order obtained by the National Crime Agency. Westminster magistrates’ court granted account freezing orders covering eight bank accounts holding in excess of £100m which is “suspected to have… Read More
15th August 2019
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau violated federal conflict of interest rules in the handling of a corruption inquiry, the federal ethics tsar has found. The ethics commissioner says Mr Trudeau improperly tried to influence a former minister in the SNC-Lavalin affair. The prime minister says he accepts the commissioner’s report but… Read More
15th August 2019
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that his predecessor, Enrique Pena Nieto, is not under investigation in a probe into suspected corruption that has ensnared one of Pena Nieto’s former cabinet ministers. On Tuesday, a judge ordered that former Social Development Minister Rosario Robles be detained pending… Read More
14th August 2019
Kazakh mining company Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. asked a British court to stall the U.K.’s pursuit of corruption charges following a six-year bribery investigation. ENRC, once listed on the FTSE 100 Index, asked London’s High Court in a filing this month to force the Serious Fraud Office to withhold… Read More
14th August 2019
The head of Kyrgyzstan’s security forces on Tuesday accused ex-president Almazbek Atambayev on Tuesday of planning to stage a coup, state news agency Kabar said, following a deadly clash last week with police sent to his house to arrest him. Atambayev surrendered on Thursday when police raided his home and… Read More
14th August 2019
A judge ordered a former Mexican Cabinet minister to be detained pending a trial over suspected losses to taxpayers, her lawyer said on Tuesday, opening a new front in President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s campaign to eradicate corruption. The detention of former social development minister Rosario Robles is likely to… Read More
14th August 2019
Western companies with large operations in Hong Kong are activating plans for employees to work remotely, and considering how to respond to a variety of possible scenarios, as protests and police actions in the city become more widespread and unpredictable. On Tuesday, as protesters disrupted Hong Kong’s airport… Read More
13th August 2019
The money, tens of millions of dollars of it, would flow among Jeffrey Epstein’s dozens of bank accounts, shell companies and, at times, charities linked to high-powered friends. Where was the money going? What was it for? Who was actually sending and receiving it? A convicted pedophile and accused sex… Read More
13th August 2019
French-Israeli diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz will go on trial in Geneva over his alleged role in a corruption scandal involving mining deals in Guinea, Swiss prosecutors said Monday. Geneva prosecutor Claudio Mascotto, in charge of an investigation that began in 2013, has opened a case against the businessman and two… Read More