Corruption

Myanmar sentences ex-leader Aung San Suu Kyi to jail for corruption

Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since February 2021 when a military coup ousted her elected government.

The 76-year-old Nobel laureate has been charged with a raft of criminal offences including voter fraud.

She denies all of the accusations and rights groups have condemned the court trials as a sham.

The closed-door hearings in the capital Nay Pyi Taw have been shut to the public and media, and Suu Kyi's lawyers forbidden from speaking to journalists.

Transparency says Pacific corruption survey invaluable

The Pacific has been included in Transparency latest global corruption barometer with a survey of more than 6,000 people from more ten Pacific countries.

It revealed rampant corruption in a number of Pacific states, with the survey participants revealing cases of bribery, vote buying and sexual extortion are common experiences.

Regional advisor, Mariam Mathew, said more needs to be done but this first initial information is invaluable.

Malaysia's ex-PM Najib charged with corruption over 1MDB

He pleaded not guilty to three counts of criminal breach of trust and one of abuse of power, and was freed on bail.

Mr Najib is accused of taking $700m (£517m) from a state fund he set up.

Police have recovered $273m in luxury goods and cash from raids on properties linked to Mr Najib. He and his wife say the items were legally acquired.

A new investigation into the state development fund 1MDB began after his shock election loss in May.

Mr Najib was arrested by anti-corruption authorities on Tuesday and spent the night in detention.

Ghana FA dissolved by government

Nana Akufo-Addo – the president of Ghana – made the decision Thursday after footage emerged from a documentary allegedly uncovering fraud and corruption under the leadership of GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi.

In the documentary 'When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm', Nyantakyi was pictured accepting a cash gift from an undercover reporter who was pretending to be a businessman.

The Ghanaian government is set to announce, "provisional measures to govern football activities in the country until a new body is duly formed".

Former Solomons govt official convicted of corruption

The ruling on Friday is being hailed by local police as a significant result in the fight against corruption.

The charges relate to the embezzling of more than a million Solomon Islands dollars from 2014 to 2017 by John Murray, who was the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.

This involved the ministry's use of a car rental company which Murray co-owned.

Vanuatu ranked 71 on global transparency list

The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption.

It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

Unlike many countries, Vanuatu has not been ranked in previous years.

The only other Pacific Island countries in this year's rankings are Papua New Guinea at 135 with a score of 29 and Solomon Islands at 85th with 39.

PNG has improved its ranking by 15 places over five years.

New Zealand was ranked the top country, with 89 points.

Somalia was ranked last.

 

Vanuatu "integrity crisis" gravely concerning

The group is marking International Anti-Corruption day today with a call for political reform.

Its chairman Willie Tokon says the group retains faith in the country's judicial system but he says a new parliament to be ushered in next year needs to bring in sweeping changes to the way politics is conducted in Vanuatu.

Dr Tokon says TI Vanuatu has three key requirements, starting with laws to regulate parties and independents, including their financing.

Pardon me

For the first time, Vanuatu jails corrupt legislators

VIDEO: US Attorney General expects more FIFA charges

"We do anticipate pursuing additional charges against individuals and entities," Lynch said in FIFA's home city of Zurich, citing unspecified new evidence gathered since the 27 May arrests of seven people at a luxury hotel in the city.

Lynch spoke at a news conference alongside her Swiss counterpart, Michael Lauber, whose separate investigation of money laundering appears equally threatening to FIFA and its soon-departing president.

Vanuatu’s Finance Minister pleads guilty to corruption charges.

The defendants of the Criminal Case No.