Tag: Corruption

‘Bibi to prison’: Thousands demand Netanyahu resignation over corruption in Israel

 

 

Scrutiny as $300 mn Puerto Rico bid goes to Trump-linked Firm w/ 2 Employees | Informed Comment

Critics raised suspicions on Tuesday over a $300 million no-bid contract that was awarded to a small, two-year-old private energy company to restore Puerto Rico’s electrical grid. The company is financed by a major donor to the Trump campaign and the Republican Party, and also has connections to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.Whitefish Energy, based in Whitefish, Montana, had only two full-time employees when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico over a month ago, leaving about 75 percent of the island still without power.

Source: Scrutiny as $300 mn Puerto Rico bid goes to Trump-linked Firm w/ 2 Employees | Informed Comment

Sydney crime arrests: the inside story of corruption in Australian Border Force

Two members of a cell of allegedly corrupt border force officers have been arrested this week.

Leaked confidential government documents and briefings from senior officials suggest the pair who were arrested – one a current officer, Craig Eakin, and one a former officer, Johayna Merhi – were just the latest of several alleged corrupt insiders in Border Force and Customs who have allegedly compromised Sydney Airport or Port Botany since as early as 2003.

Source: Sydney crime arrests: the inside story of corruption in Australian Border Force

Trump’s growing corruption: The president’s business conflicts and nepotism become even more flagrant – Salon.com

Republicans are ignoring the shameless self-dealing and graft of the Trump administration. They must pay a price

Source: Trump’s growing corruption: The president’s business conflicts and nepotism become even more flagrant – Salon.com

Police ‘likely to recommend’ indictment of Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges | The Independent

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Police are likely to recommend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is indicted following an investigation into bribery allegations, national broadcaster Channel 2 has reported. Multiple investigations into the leader were opened, but Case 1000 – which allegedly involves illegal gifts – was being treated as separate to the other ongoing investigations.

Source: Police ‘likely to recommend’ indictment of Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges | The Independent

Adani companies facing multiple financial crime, corruption probes – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indian authorities investigate Adani companies for siphoning money offshore and artificially inflating power prices in India.

Source: Adani companies facing multiple financial crime, corruption probes – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Former Liberal state director says he never tried to hide $1.5m party scam | Australia news | The Guardian

Damien Mantach told police no one in the Liberal party raised red flags about his false invoices as he used holes in its financial system to siphon off money

Source: Former Liberal state director says he never tried to hide $1.5m party scam | Australia news | The Guardian

Disunity is death and the Liberals have it in Buckets – » The Australian Independent Media Network

From memory John Howard was the first to say, “Disunity is death” when referring to political parties, although just about everyone in politics says it now. And, as it happens, the Liberals have buckets of it. If you read Mike Seccombe’s column in the The Saturday Paper this week you will get some idea of…

Source: Disunity is death and the Liberals have it in Buckets – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ex-PM Olmert found guilty in corruption case: Israel media

A Jerusalem court found former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert guilty of corruption Monday over allegations that he received envelopes of cash from a US businessman, Israeli media reported.

The former premier, who already faces a six-year prison sentence in a separate bribery case that he has appealed to the supreme court, will be sentenced on May 5, the reports said.

Olmert’s lawyers said he would appeal the latest conviction.

The 69-year-old had initially been acquitted of fraud and corruption in the case, escaping with a $19,000 fine and a suspended jail sentence for breach of trust in 2012.

But new evidence came to light during his trial in the other corruption case and prosecutors again pressed the two more serious charges.

In return for a reduction in sentence, his former secretary and confidante Shula Zaken revealed that secret tape recordings existed of conversations between her and Olmert about the tens of thousands of dollars that he was alleged to have received from businessman Morris Talansky while trade and industry minister in the early 2000s.

The six-year prison sentence handed down against Olmert in May last year was the first ever against a former Israeli premier for corruption.

After a two-year trial, he was convicted of taking bribes to the tune of 560,000 shekels (now $160,000/116,000 euros) while mayor of Jerusalem between 1993 and 2003 from the developers of the city’s massive Holyland residential complex.

The towering construction project, which dominates the city’s skyline, is seen as a major blot on the landscape and widely reviled as a symbol of high-level corruption.

The veteran centre-right politician, who was first elected to parliament in 1973, became premier in 2006 but resigned in September 2008 after police recommended that he be indicted in several graft cases.