Corruption charges

Former Vanuatu ministers appear on bribery and corruption charges

Mr Salwai was accompanied by former Minister of Agriculture, Matai Seremaiah, former Minister of Health, Jerome Ludvaune and the former MP for Tafea Outer Islands, Tom Korr at the magistrate court in Port Vila on Monday.

During the preliminary inquiry the public prosecutor asked to have the case committed to the Supreme Court for trial.

The lawyer representing Mr Seremaiah told court that the prosecution case was entirely misconceived.

Brazil's Lula convicted of corruption

The judge ruled he could remain free pending an appeal.

The case stemmed from charges Mr da Silva, who was president from 2003 to 2010, and his wife illegally received more than $1.1 million from a construction company.

Lula has rejected claims that he received an apartment as a bribe in a corruption scandal linked to state oil company Petrobras.

He has said the trial was politically motivated and has strongly denied any wrongdoing.

The case is the first of five charges against him.

Running again?

Brazil president charged with corruption

He is accused of receiving money from the boss of a giant meatpacking firm implicated in a corruption scandal. Mr Temer denies any wrongdoing.

The charges have been delivered to a Supreme Court judge who must now decide if the case can be sent to the lower house of parliament.

The lower house would then vote on whether President Temer can be tried.

Mr Temer has vowed to prove his innocence. He has faced a slew of accusations since taking office last year but these are the first formal charges against him.

Prominent Vanuatu businessman arrested on corruption charges

A prominent Vanuatu businessman is expected to appear in court in August to face corruption and bribery charges.Thomas Bayer was arrested alongside 16 government members of parliament in 2015.

14 of those MPs were convicted, prompting a snap election that led to a change of government.

But at their trial, the court agreed to a separate trial for Mr Bayer.

The Daily Post newspaper reported that Mr Bayer's case was listed for a pre-trial conference on August 16.

Solomons official faces corruption charges

Edmond Sikua's arrest came after police accused him of awarding Government tenders worth over 630,000 Solomon Islands dollars ($630,436.50) or $US80,000, to Beeds Investment, a company registered and owned by his two daughters.

Mr Sikua appeared in the Honiara Magistrate's Court this week on seven counts of official corruption and was released on a bail of 2,000 Solomon Islands dollars or $US 256, with strict conditions.

Solomon Star reports Mr Sikua was first appointed permanent secretary in 2012.

PNG Supreme Court judge arrested, charged with corruption

RNZI reports Bernard Sakora was arrested by members of the country's fraud and anti-corruption squad as he left his Port Moresby home on Monday morning.

After several hours of questioning, Mr Sakora was charged with one count of judicial corruption.

Venezuela frees 2nd prominent opponent in just over 24 hours

A military tribunal granted retired Gen. Raul Baduel parole after he completed six years of a nearly eight-year sentence on corruption charges, his lawyer Omar Tosta told The Associated Press.

A short video of Baduel embracing loved ones was tweeted by his daughter after he was discharged from a prison where he's been held alongside Venezuela's most-recognized jailed opponent, Leopoldo Lopez.