The week in corruption: 7 stories making the news

The week in corruption: 7 stories making the news

The march of democracy slows
The Economist

“Threats to democratic rule in Africa are growing, but time and demography are against the autocrats."

Exclusive: Some shell companies sidestep new UK transparency rules
Reuters

“Some UK shell companies under offshore control may be skirting new rules which were designed to clamp down on corruption and tax evasion by forcing businesses to reveal their true owners, a Reuters analysis of corporate filings shows."

Trump aide should face Ukraine graft probe, lawmaker says
Bloomberg

“Paul Manafort, the campaign chairman for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, should be questioned by Ukrainian investigators over almost [US]$13 million he allegedly received from a secret account for working on behalf of toppled President Viktor Yanukovych, a lawmaker said."

New online income declaration system flops in Ukraine
Reuters

“Ukrainian efforts to stamp out tax evasion and corruption among public officials in line with commitments to the IMF hit a setback on Monday when a new online income declaration system flopped at launch."

Illegal mines and local mafia take shine off Latin American gold
The Guardian

“Gold is Peru’s primary export, worth an estimated [US]$3bn (£2.3bn), yet violence, corruption, laundering and exploitation – including debt bondage, human trafficking and child labour – within the industry are rife across Latin America’s illegal gold mines."

Amid corruption scandal, Malaysia’s PM faces challenge from predecessor
VOA

“Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing a challenge from one of the country's former leaders, as his administration tries to fend off allegations of corruption over misusing a multi-billion dollar development fund."

Pakistan army's housing ventures face corruption investigation
The Guardian

“Brothers of ex-army chief linked to two of three DHA developments being investigated by National Accountability Bureau."

Rio Olympics spotlight

Europe's top Olympic official arrested in Rio over tickets sales
BBC

“Police in Brazil have arrested the head of the European Olympic Committees, Irishman Patrick Hickey, in Rio over illegal Olympic ticket sales."

Russia stripped of women’s 4x100m relay gold medal from Beijing Olympics
Associated Press

“The International Olympic Committee has stripped Russia of its gold medal in the women’s 4x100m from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after one of the runners tested positive in a re-analysis of her doping samples."

Boxing judges and refs removed after suspicious results
The New York Times

“Several referees and judges have been removed from the Olympic boxing competition after officials reviewed their decisions, fueling suspicion of dubious results in some matches at the Rio Games. "

Brazil's judiciary defies the IOC
Deutsche Welle

“No public funds. Brazil's judiciary has taken action. After numerous corruption scandals, prosecutors have now set their sights on the 2016 Olympic Organizing Committee."

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Les citoyens africains expriment leur opinion sur la corruption

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Global Corruption Barometer - Africa 2019

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Citizens speak out about corruption in Africa

The Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – Africa, reveals that while most people in Africa feel corruption increased in their country, a majority also feel optimistic that they can make a difference in the fight against corruption.

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