The National Integrity System (NIS) assessment NIS assessment approach provides anti-corruption agencies a framework to analyse the extent and causes of corruption as well as the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts at national level. A well-functioning NIS provides safeguards against corruption, abuse of power, malfeasance, and misappropriation in all its forms. Assessments were carried out by Transparency International and the results are presented in the form of country...Read More
If there are no bribe payers there will be no corruption. Here is an attempt to find out the bribe payers. The 2011 Bribe Payers Index ranks the likelihood of companies from 28 leading economies to win business abroad by paying bribes. The index is the result of surveys carried out by Transparency International. Companies from the wealthiest countries generally rank in the top half of the Index, but still routinely pay bribes, particularly in developing economies Companies from emerging export powers India, China and Russia rank among the worst. In the case of these and other emerging export powers, efforts to strengthen domestic anti-corruption activities have failed to extend...Read More
Maldives 3 December 2011. The Maldives remained among the most corrupt countries in the world with a 2.5 score in Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), according to the 2011 CPI report published by Transparency International. The country, which received a 143 ranking last year, is ranked 134th alongside Cameroon, Eritrea, Guyana, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan and Sierra Leone. The Maldives’ score, however, was a slight improvement to last year’s 2.3 on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean). In a statement, Transparency Maldives said the poor performance shows the failure of state bodies in combating the widespread...Read More
Ismail Abdul Hameed 30 August 2011. THE Criminal Court today sentenced Independent MP for Kaashidhoo, Ismail Abdul Hameed [Ismail Abdul Hameed], to one year and six months banishment after he was found guilty of corruption. Banishment is a traditional punishment in the Maldives in which those sentenced are forbidden to leave a designated island. The Prosecutor General pressed corruption charges against Hameed alleging that he had abused his authority as the former Director of Waste Management at the Male’ municipality to financially benefit a Singaporean company named Island Logistics in a deal to purchase a...Read More
People’s Majlis 30 April 2011. After the initial euphoria when President Nasheed won democratic elections in late 2008, ending Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s decades in power, hard realities have since set in. The Maldivian Parliament, the People’s Majlis, is one of the most important institutions of the new democracy; unfortunately, it is also where the informal networks of power are most exercised. Just within the past two years of President Nasheed’s administration, instances abound in which MPs have introduced or amended legislation for the benefit of a particular individual or group, to increase their own incomes or political power, to protect members of the former regime’s elite, or to erode the powers of the executive. Three months into 2010, the Majlis passed a no-confidence motion against the then-auditor general, Ibrahim Naeem, over allegations of corruption. Naeem was at the time involved in high-profile investigations of members of the former regime for alleged embezzlement of millions of (US) dollars from state funds. All MPs from the ruling Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) voted against the motion, but former President Gayoom’s Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) holds the Majlis majority, with the People’s Alliance, led by Gayoom’s brother, MP Abdulla Yameen. Several MDP MPs alleged the accusations against Naeem were politically motivated, but without a Majlis majority, failed to prevent Naeem’s removal from office. Unusual for a court of law in any country, the...Read More
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