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Bulgaria to fight corruption

Boyko Metodiev Borisov – Prime Minister of Bulgaria since July 2009 Recent developments in Bulgaria point to the fact that it should do more to implement European Commission recommendations in order to bring the country up to EU standards in judicial reform and the fight against corruption and organised crime. This is according to a technical report on Bulgaria’s progress under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism, which was put in place when the country joined the EU in 2007, to help achieve EU standards in justice and home affairs. The report was adopted by the European Commission on 8...

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China: Chongqing deputy mayor in graft rumours

Wang Lijun Chongqing municipality deputy mayor, Wang Lijun, has gone on leave ‘due to over work’. There was widespread rumour in the internet that he faced a corruption investigation and had even sought refuge at a US consulate. The rumour came up after Chinese police surrounded the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, a city about 200 miles from Chongqing. A U.S. Embassy spokesman told Reuters that he could not comment on the reported request for asylum and that the U.S. government did not request increased security around the (Chengdu) consulate compound as it was not under any threat. He has...

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Pennsylvania: Bill DeWeese convicted of corruption charges

H. William DeWeese Pennsylvania’s state lawmaker, H. William DeWeese was convicted of five felony counts of theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest. Dauphin County jury acquitted him of a single theft charge. DeWeese said that he would appeal against the verdict. DeWeese’s sentencing by President Judge Todd A. Hoover is reserved for 24 April 2012. State Senior Deputy Attorney General Ken Brown said that after sentencing, DeWeese would not be able to serve in the House because convicted felons are barred from sitting in the Legislature. For background, please read previous article: Pennsylvania’s state lawmaker, H. William DeWeese goes on...

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Putin writes about corruption

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Russian Prime Minister and presidential frontrunner Vladimir Putin called for anti-corruption and pro-democracy measures in his new article, “Democracy and the Quality of State,” published on Monday in the Kommersant business daily. In this article, he said that the fight against corruption should become a national issue. He proposed introducing administrative courts that will hear corruption cases. The actions of these courts will be broadcast online and transcripts of court hearings would be publicly available. He also proposed creating a list of “corruption-prone” posts in the executive branch and the management of state corporations. The...

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Thailand: Corruption Perception improves

The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has announced that the Corruption Situation Index (SIT) for December 2011 improved from 3.5 in the previous year to 3.6 on a scale of 1 to 10. It also noted that more people are willing to help fight corruption. The survey was carried out by the Centre for Economic and Business Forecasting of the UTCC. The Corruption Trend Index also showed improvement and is currently at 3.9. However, 75.7% of the respondents were still concerned with corruption in post-flood revival projects. Meanwhile, the majority viewed that the severity of corruption in Thailand has increased. There is also a greater willingness among the public to report cases of corruption to authorities. Some entrepreneurs said that they pay officials and politicians as much as 25% of the budgeted cost of a project in order to win a...

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