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Maldives: Yameen is losing his grip on power

High court overturns ex-President Gayoom’s jail term Update 19 October 2018 The Maldives High Court on Thursday overturned the jail sentence of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom as there was “violation of procedure” during his trial. The court also restored Gayoom’s license to practice law and preach Islam. Gayoom was sentenced to one year and seven months in prison for obstruction of justice because he refused to hand over his mobile phone during a police investigation. He was freed on bail after the he presidential election victory of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Indiatvnews reported. Opposition in the Maldives asked the...

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Sri Lanka: Jayasuriya charged under ICC anti-corruption code

17 October 2018 International Cricket Council’s (ICC) has charged Sri Lanka’s former cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya with two counts of breaching its anti-corruption code. Charges include “failure or refusal” to cooperate with its investigation and concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation. Jayasuriya denied all charges. It was the shorter form of cricket, One Day format, that made him famous, not merely in Sri Lanka but in the international cricket as well. He scored 13,430 runs in the game’s One Day format – a total bettered only by Sangakkara,...

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Maldives: Will Yameen succeed in clinging to the power?

17 October 2018 Update  The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to call Yameen’s three  secret witnesses who would confess to conspiring with Elections Commission chief Ahmed Shareef to tamper with ballots. But the full bench ruled unanimously the witnesses were inadmissible. The Supreme Court has now ended the hearings and will deliver its verdict on an unspecified future date. 15 October 2018 Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) led by President filed a complaint with the Supreme Court claiming the vote in the recent election was rigged. Preliminary hearing is continuing at Supreme Court to decide on the merits of...

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Thailand: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s son on money laundering charges.

11 October 2018 Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s son, Panthongtae Shinawatra, 38, was indicted of money laundering. His supporters condemned the case as politically motivated. Panthongtae Shinawatra went to the attorney general’s office to face the indictment. He was accompanied by both his sisters and many senior members of the Thaksin-backed Puea Thai Party. After granting bail, the court ordered Panthongtae not to leave the country without permission. Attorney general said that Panthongtae Shinawatra would be prosecuted on charges of money laundering of the amount of $300,000. The charges are linked to an earlier corruption case involving Krungthai Bank...

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Guatemala: Former vice-president jailed for corruption

10 October 2018  Roxana Baldetti, former vice-president, has been jailed for more than 15 years on corruption charges over a $18m government contract to clean up the contaminated Lake Amatitlan. The contract was awarded to an Israeli company. The chemicals being used in the clean up of the lake was chlorine, water and salt. Hence the scandal is dubbed “Magic Water”. Nine others were also jailed including her brother. The fraud was uncovered by International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Cicig), a UN funded organization. Baldetti, a former beauty queen, resigned in 2015 after Cicig uncovered her corruption.  Cicig...

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