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PANAMA POLITICS: Panama Authorizes Extradition of Roberto Borge on Corruption Charges

PANAMA POLITICS: Panama Authorizes Extradition of Roberto Borge on Corruption Charges

The Mexican Foreign Ministry and the attorney general’s office said in a statement Panama’s Foreign Ministry had notified Borge that the extradition was going ahead.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

Temer’s earlier corruption charge, that he took bribes from JBS executives, was blocked in August by his allies in the lower house of Congress, which has the power to decide whether a president should stand trial by the Supreme Court.

Despite the lower house’s move to block the charges, they remain valid and can be pursued by prosecutors once Temer leaves office. His term ends on January 1, 2019.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Grilled at Court on Corruption Charges

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Grilled at Court on Corruption Charges

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, already a front-runner in the next year’s election despite facing multiple corruption cases, calls himself the victim of a “witch-hunt,” arguing that the financial charges brought against him are meant to prevent his return to power.

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USA POLITICS: Bob Menendez faces Federal Corruption Trial

USA POLITICS: Bob Menendez faces Federal Corruption Trial

“This case is about a corrupt politician who sold his senate office for a life of luxury he couldn’t afford, and a greedy doctor who put that senator on his payroll,” the lead prosecutor, Peter Koski, said at the start of Menendez’s corruption trial in Newark.

Menendez is accused of intervening with federal officials to help Salomon Melgen, an ophthalmologist from Florida who showered the senator with private flights, stays at a Caribbean villa and hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign money.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff Charged in Fraud Scheme

BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff Charged in Fraud Scheme

According to the new charges, Lula da Silva maintained authority in state affairs and engaged in the fleecing of money even after he was replaced by Rousseff due to his influence over her.

Following Rousseff’s ouster from office and the rise of current President Michel Temer to power, the attorney general added, members of his party in Congress then took over the leadership role in the corruption scheme.

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GUATEMALA POLITICS: Guatemalans Demand Morales Ouster Over Corruption

GUATEMALA POLITICS: Guatemalans Demand Morales Ouster Over Corruption

“Bring Jimmy Morales to justice,” chanted protesting students in unison as they marched towards the presidential palace in the downtown area of the capital city.

“The president wants to guarantee impunity by avoiding criminal prosecution for illicit finance. It is shameful,” said Andrea Ixchiu, an activist from the indigenous area of Totonicapan.

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ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

ZIMBABWE POLITICS: Lavished! Here’s Grace Mugabe $8m Rented Property

In Harare, Robert Mugabe’s wife has also acquired another property in the plush suburb of Hellensvale for $4,5 million. The real-estate deal between Grace’s family and a local resident Jan Teede and his wife Fiona Campbell has been finalised. It is unclear where Grace Robert and her family are getting such large sums of money. Their known loss-making businesses and meagre official incomes are unlikely to fund this. President Robert Mugabe says he earns $12 000 per month, a salary which makes him “the poorest president in the world”, according to Grace. Grace Mugabe has been splurging millions of dollars despite the fact that her family’s only known business, a dairy company, has been loss-making since 2013.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Odebrecht Scandal Takes Center Stage

MEXICO POLITICS: Odebrecht Scandal Takes Center Stage

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office denied his campaign took bribes from Odebrecht, calling such suspicions “absurd.” But the scandal threatens to deepen perceptions that the Mexican government is festering with corruption, less than a year out from presidential elections.

“The accusations against Lozoya will reinforce the already widespread discontent against President Pena Nieto’s administration, which is largely driven by voter perception that corruption is rampant. The PRI will have a hard time crafting a campaign strategy that allows them to be competitive,” said political analyst Carlos Petersen of consulting firm Eurasia Group.

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GHANA POLITICS: CSOs to Akufo Addo: We Need Roadmap to Fight Corruption

GHANA POLITICS: CSOs to Akufo Addo: We Need Roadmap to Fight Corruption

The leader of the Delegation Professor Gyimah Boadi said the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) welcome government’s decision to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor but criticized some aspect of the draft legislation. According to him, the law needs more articulation especially in relation to corruption involving public officials. President Akufo Addo promised to make the engagement with CSOs a regular feature in his administration.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: I Can’t Forfeit What’s Not Mine… EFCC Making Uproven Claims Against Me: Diezani Alison-Madueke

NIGERIA POLITICS: I Can’t Forfeit What’s Not Mine… EFCC Making Uproven Claims Against Me: Diezani Alison-Madueke

Diezani Alison-Madueke wrote: “I am deeply disturbed and bewildered by recent media reports claiming that by virtue of an order of the federal high court, I have forfeited to the federal government the sum of $153.3m, which I purportedly stole from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).”

“Whilst the reasons for my being out of the country are public knowledge, the principle of fair hearing demands that I should have been notified of formal charges if truly there was a prima facie evidence or indictment against my person linking me with the said issue, so as to ensure that I had adequate legal representation.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Emilio Lozoya Denies Taking Bribes From Odebrecht

MEXICO POLITICS: Emilio Lozoya Denies Taking Bribes From Odebrecht

“Supposing there were accusations against me by confessed criminals, it is important to mention at least that these people can say anything in exchange for a reduced sentence,” Pena Nieto’s confidant Emilio Lozoya wrote in a letter appearing on his Twitter account.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Corruption Scandal: Netanyahu Household Under Scrutiny

ISRAEL POLITICS: Corruption Scandal: Netanyahu Household Under Scrutiny

Court filings revealed Netanyahu was now officially a suspect in bribery, breach of trust, and fraud cases. It’s not just the prime minister — his whole household is under scrutiny: The Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported on Monday that his wife, Sara Netanyahu, will likely be indicted soon for misuse of government funds.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Former Aide Ari Harow to Testify Against Him in Corruption Case

ISRAEL POLITICS: Netanyahu Former Aide Ari Harow to Testify Against Him in Corruption Case

The police have been interrogating Netanyahu, over allegations that he unlawfully accepted lavish gifts from wealthy supporters and separately held talks with the publisher of a top-selling Israeli newspaper for positive coverage in exchange for diminishing the impact of a free pro-Netanyahu daily.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Corruption Charges: Lawmakers to Vote Whether to Put Temer on Trial

BRAZIL POLITICS: Corruption Charges: Lawmakers to Vote Whether to Put Temer on Trial

“Every day, new information comes in on other corruption cases involving the government. The more of this that comes to the attention of voters and Congress, the greater the chances of us getting the votes to remove Temer,” said Paul Pimento, from leftist Workers’ Party.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Politicians Not Yet Keen to Fight Corruption’: Judge Moro

BRAZIL POLITICS: ‘Politicians Not Yet Keen to Fight Corruption’: Judge Moro

“Unfortunately, I see lack of vigorous attitude from Brazilian authorities regarding problem of corruption,” said Brazilian federal judge Sergio Moro.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Shahbaz Sharif Likely Nawaz Sharif Successor

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Shahbaz Sharif Likely Nawaz Sharif Successor

Shahbaz Sharif, 65, the chief minister of the vast Punjab province that accounts for more than half of Pakistan’s 190 million people, will need to be first elected to the national assembly before he can take over as leader of the country.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Court Ousts Nawaz Sharif Over Corruption Claims

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Court Ousts Nawaz Sharif Over Corruption Claims

“Go, Nawaz, Go,” shouted supporters of the PTI opposition party who had gathered outside the court and jeered politicians from Sharif’s party.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Go Back to Roots, Fight Graft: Sisulu Says

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Go Back to Roots, Fight Graft: Sisulu Says

“I would like you to stand with me, because we have to save ANC. Saving the ANC is to save South Africa,” Sisulu said in a speech in Kliptown, Soweto.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ready to Go to Jail With Aluko, Omokore: Alison-Madueke Declares

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ready to Go to Jail With Aluko, Omokore: Alison-Madueke Declares

The trio of Alison-Madueke, Aluko and Omokore were listed as persons of interest in the civil complaint filed at the US District Court, Houston, Texas.

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IRAN POLITICS: Hassan Rouhani Brother Hossein Fereydoun Jailed

IRAN POLITICS: Hassan Rouhani Brother Hossein Fereydoun Jailed

Hossein Fereydoun, the brother of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, has been sent to prison on Sunday over financial charges.

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