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Brazil: Meat industry corruption

21 March 2017 Brazilian police have uncovered a scandal in the meat industry. Some meatpackers bribed inspectors and politicians to overlook processing of rotten meat and meat with traces of salmonella.  The police were conducting a two-year probe code named ‘Operation Weak Flesh’. Police investigators named BRF, JBS and dozens of smaller companies of alleged bribery of health inspectors to hide unsanitary conditions in plants. JBS is the world’s largest beef exporter, and BRF, the world’s top poultry producer. Last year Brazil exported US$6.9 billion of poultry and US$5.5 billion of beef worldwide. The scandal deals a big blow...

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South Korea: Presidential probe widens to include conglomerates

  20 March 2017 Former President Park Geun-hye has been summoned by the National Assembly’s special investigation committee on Tuesday (tomorrow) for questioning on influence-peddling during her presidency. The investigation committee consists of nine from the ruling Saenuri party and nine from opposition groups. They will question her about monies given to foundations controlled by Park’s friend Choi Soon-sil. Street protests against Former President Park Geun-hye continues, but unlike the previous angry demonstrations, the protesters are in festive mood singing songs and dancing. On Saturday, the chairman of the SK Group, Chey Tae Won, was questioned on whether he...

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United States: Naval officers charged with corruption

15 March 2017 Yesterday the Justice Department revealed a fresh indictment charging eight Navy officials with corruption and other crimes in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case. They are: Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, a senior Navy intelligence officer who recently retired from a key job at the Pentagon; David Lausman, retired Navy captains Donald Hornbeck, retired Navy captains David Newland, retired Navy captains James Dolan,  a retired Marine colonel, Enrico de Guzman; an active-duty Navy commander, Stephen Shedd, active duty Lieutenant Commander Robert Gorsuch, a retired Navy chief warrant officer. They are accused of taking bribes from Singapore-based defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis of Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA). He is known as “Fat Leonard”. Francis had pleaded guilty to defrauding the Navy of tens of millions of dollars. Malaysian born Francis lived in Singapore. The indictment said Francis arranged sex parties aboard ships and in hotels for officers of the Navy’s Seventh Fleet in ports across Asia, including Thailand and the Philippines. He also made lavish gifts such as watches worth $25,000, $2,000 boxes of Cohiba cigars, $2,000 bottles of cognac, and $600-per-night hotel rooms. The Seventh Fleet is the biggest in the U.S. Navy. It includes 60 to 70 ships, up to 300 aircraft, and about 40,000 sailors and marines. Michael Miller, Terry Kraft and David Pimpo were reprimanded in 2015 for their involvement in Leonard Glenn Francis...

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South Korea: President impeached over corruption

14 March 2017 Last December, former President, Park Geun-hye, was impeached by the parliament. This impeachment required constitutional court’s approval. On Friday, the constitutional court unanimously decided to ratify the impeachment. Following her removal from the office she left the presidential palace to her private home in southern Soul. Now that she is no longer the president, she does not have any constitutional immunity and can be tried on corruption charges. Her close friend and advisor, Choi Soon-sil, collected millions of dollars from South Korean conglomerates. She is already behind bars for this. The de-facto head of Samsung, the...

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Maldives: Anti-corruption commission concludes 4 cases

  6 March 2017 Sunday, the Anti-corruption commission released 4 reports on its website. They relate to: 1. Six safaris hired for the SAARC Summit – the commission concluded that its investigation did not find enough evidence to prove corruption. 2. Hiring of 21 vehicles for the SAARC Summit at higher than market rates – the commission concluded that its investigation did not find enough evidence to prove corruption. 3. Security services for the SAARC summit – the commission concluded that there was no offence of corruption in the case. 4. Provision of security service to Ministry of Fisheries...

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