Author: CorruptionDotNet

Venezuela: Sacked Prosecutor Flees the country

7 September 2017 Luisa Ortega was appointed to the post of chief prosecutor by the National Assembly in December 2007.  Influential politician Diosdado Cabello was behind this appointment.  For years she remained a staunch ally of President Hugo Chávez and his successor, Nicolás Maduro. In 2014, she charged the then opposition leader Leopoldo López with public incitement and conspiracy over his role in a wave of protests against the government at the time. Later he was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison. In March 2017, she broke ranks with the ruling party and started criticising it openly...

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Brazil: Ex-Presidents da Silva and Rousseff charged of corruption

7 September 2017 Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has just completed his 25-city campaign trip through his party’s strongholds in the northeast. He wants to return to the precedency perhaps to avoid going to prison. On 12 July 2017, he was convicted of money laundering and passive corruption.  He was sentenced to nine years and six months in prison but remains free pending an appeal of the sentence. If convicted, he will not be eligible to run in the 2018 presidential election. While he was in office he was one of the most popular politicians in...

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Brazil: Meat-packing giant JBS to pay record $3.2bn corruption fine.

1June 2017 J&F Investimentos, the controlling shareholder of the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS, has agreed to pay a fine of $3.2bn for its involvement in one of Brazil’s biggest corruption scandals. Starting in December, they payment will be made over 25 years. The fine is higher than the $2.6bn paid by Brazilian building firm Odebrecht. Most of the fine J&F will pay will be divided among Brazil’s development bank BNDES, FGTS workers’ severance fund, two pension funds for employees of state-controlled companies and lender Caixa Econômica. Batista brothers testified that they spent $186 million in bribes for nearly 1,900...

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India: Coal Scam

24 May 2017 Former coal secretary H C Gupta and IAS officers, K S Kropha and K C Samria were sentenced to two years in jail and a fine of $1,500 for dishonest misrepresentation of the non-compliance to the then prime minister Manmohan Singh. The three officials knew well that the guidelines for allocation had not been followed. Why did they deliberately mislead the Prime Minister, who was also coal minister at that time? The answer can be found in the sentence given to Kamal Sponge Steel & Power Ltd and its managing director Pawan Kumar Ahluwalia. The courts...

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Brazil: President refuses to step down

19 May 2017 Calls for President Michel Temer to stepdown escalated after a report by Globo, the country’s most powerful media group, of a secret recording in which the president endorsed bribes paid to silence Eduardo Cunha who is now in prison. Cunha was formerly speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress, who wielded considerable sway over Brazilian politics. He was one of Temer’s top allies. He staged the ouster of Ms. Rousseff, Temer’s predecessor. The recording was made by Joesley Batista, the head of the JBS food processing company. He delivered the recording to the prosecutors as part...

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