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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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Bulgaria: Investigative journalist was brutally raped and murdered.

10 October 2018 Viktoria Marinova was a director of TVN, a small TV station in Ruse, and a TV presenter for two investigative programs. Police said she had been raped, beaten and strangled. Her body was found in a park near the river. The Interior Ministry said late Monday that prosecutors had opened an investigation into GP Group, a large private Bulgarian building company alleged to have misused the EU money, and froze $16 million of its assets. Marinova’s mobile phone, car keys, glasses and part of her clothing were missing when her body was found. She had reported...

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Maldives: President Abdulla Yameen’s 11th hour- attempt to stay in power.

10 October 2018. The Anti-Corruption Commission has authorized the housing ministry to resume the halted Hiyaa social housing scheme and the sale of plots from the capital’s suburb Hulhumalé. Earlier the commission has told the Housing Ministry to temporarily halt the sale of plots. The Hiyaa project was launched by President Abdulla Yameen in November last year with state-owned enterprises to finance the construction of more than 17,000 flats in Hulhumalé in a reclaimed land parcel. Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muizz announced at a press conference on Tuesday that application forms for the 400 plots will now be available...

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