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Corruption trial told of savage beating by Toronto police

Chris Quigley In the corruption trial of five former Toronto drug squad officers, the Crown witness told the court that he was so badly beaten by police, he thought he would die from his injuries. Chris Quigley, the Crown’s lead witness, testified that he thought that he would die. Five former Toronto police drug squad officers were charged with committing a savage beating, extortion, theft of thousands in cash and a conspiracy to lie about and cover up a series of illegal arrests, searches and seizures. Quigley described in detail being threatened and subjected to a series of three...

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FIFA proposals for anti-corruption reforms

FIFA president Sepp Blatter Jerome Champagne, a former adviser to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, has come up with his own ideas on how soccer’s governing body can prevent more corruption scandals. His 25-page proposal is a direct appeal to FIFA and national bodies while in effect bypassing soccer’s six continental confederations. He sent his proposals to 208 national soccer associations ahead of Thursday’s panel meeting as part of Blatter’s reforms. Champagne, a former French diplomat who left FIFA unexpectedly two years ago, said that his scandal-hit former employer faced a severe crisis because of corruption allegations. He declined to...

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ECB anti-corruption unit wants talks with whistle-blower over spot-fixing allegations

The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) anti-corruption unit wants to speak to Tony Palladino, the whistle-blower who reported team-mate Mervyn Westfield for spot-fixing, to see whether he can help them find more instances of corruption in English cricket. Team-mates: Tony Palladino (second left) and Mervyn Westfield (third left) at Essex Westfield pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey last week to accepting a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs. Therefore seamer Palladino, who would have been the main prosecution witness, was not called. Palladino now plays for Derbyshire. He said in...

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Spanish judge who charged Pinochet on trial for corruption

Judge Baltasar Garzón Judge Baltasar Garzón, Spain’s best-known investigating magistrate, himself went on trial in Madrid’s Supreme Court accused of abusing his powers in a corruption case. He is known for polarising public opinion in the fractious and deeply politicised Spanish judiciary. His often flamboyant and much-publicized investigations have led to controversy, and  people who admire his handling of one case may well deplore his conduct in another. Judge Garzón is charged with illegally using phone taps to monitor conversations between lawyers and suspects held in detention, during his investigation of the “Gürtel scandal”. This case involves alleged bribes to senior members of...

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Peru Vice President Resigns in Corruption Probe

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Peru’s second vice president, Omar Chehade, resigned on Tuesday, 16 January 2012, following an influence-peddling scandal in a case that initially embarrassed President Ollanta Humala’s administration, as the president had campaigned on an anticorruption banner. Chehade’s vice-presidential post is largely ceremonial.  He is a member of the Gana Peru party of Humala, and he was also Humala’s personal lawyer. He has denied the allegations of  influence-peddling. Former Vice President Omar Chehade Earlier, the former Acting President of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru, Oscar Dancourt, also left his post as an economic adviser to Mr. Humala. In the past weeks, Mr. Humala has replaced the antidrug czar, Ricardo Soberón, who wanted to change Peru’s policy of stopping coca-leaf output. Carlos Tapia , a former spokesman of the President, also left after speaking out in opposition to government...

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