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Portugal ex-PM Socrates to stand trial for money laundering

Lisbon - A Portuguese judge cleared the way on Friday for former prime minister Jose Socrates to stand trial for alleged money laundering and falsifying documents, but cleared him of corruption charges in the years-long case.

Malaysian ex-PM Najib starts appeal over 1MDB conviction

Putrajaya - Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak began an appeal Monday against his corruption conviction and 12-year jail term over the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal, which contributed to his government's downfall in 2018.

'Pyramid' of corruption pushes Iraq family to emigrate

Karbala - Hassanein Mohsen spent months protesting against corruption in Iraq. He also lodged complaints against officials. But now he is shunned as a whistleblower and sees only one way out: emigration.

'Worse than a jungle': the cartel controlling Iraqi borders

Baghdad - Along Iraq's borders, a corrupt customs-evasion cartel is diverting billions of dollars away from state coffers to line the pockets of armed groups, political parties and crooked officials.

'I don't have money!': Iraq's graft-busting budget baroness

Baghdad - Suitcases of spreadsheets are wheeled into her office, as infuriated MPs storm out. Her unmistakeable voice booms down the finance ministry hallways. Meet Taif al-Sami, Iraq's budget baroness.

In court, former Spain PMs deny existence of party slush fund

San Fernando De Henares - Two former Spanish premiers categorically denied the existence of a slush fund at the right-wing Popular Party Wednesday, as they testified as witnesses in the trial of a former party treasurer.

Brazil court rules judge who convicted Lula was 'biased'

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that judge Sergio Moro was "biased" in convicting ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of corruption in 2017, a new victory for the left-wing leader as he eyes a political comeback.

Ex-aide to former Malta PM charged with corruption: court

Valletta - A top aide to former Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat accused of graft by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, whose brutal murder rocked the nation, was charged Saturday with money laundering and fraud.

Energy giant Eni offers to pay $14m to settle Congo graft inquiry

Milan - Italian energy giant Eni said Thursday it had filed a request with a Milan court to pay 14 million dollars (11.8 million euros) to settle an investigation into corruption in Congo-Brazzaville levied at the company and one of its managers.

Brazil high court to consider annulment of Lula convictions

Bras - Brazil's full Supreme Court will consider the annulment of ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's corruption convictions, after a judge Friday denied an appeal by prosecutors to reverse the decision that cleared the way for his political comeback.

Suu Kyi lawyer rejects military graft claims as 'groundless'

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi's lawyer on Friday rejected junta allegations of corruption against Myanmar's deposed civilian leader as "groundless", calling it "illegal mudslinging" by the generals who seized power from her.

Lula: Brazil's embattled working-class hero

S - An ex-metalworker who became one of Brazil's most popular presidents, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva fell spectacularly from grace when he was jailed for corruption, but could now make a political comeback after a judge overturned his convictions.

Brazil judge clears ex-leader Lula to run again in 2022

Bras - A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Monday overturned the graft convictions against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, clearing the way for the left-wing leader to run in the 2022 presidential election.

Brazil judge overturns ex-leader Lula's convictions

Bras - A Brazilian Supreme Court judge on Monday overturned graft convictions against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, clearing the way for the left-wing leader to run in the 2022 presidential election.

French justice in dock as Sarkozy cries 'scandal'

Paris - The French justice system has scored a series of major victories in high-profile corruption cases against right-wing politicians, but the successes have sparked claims of bias and verbal attacks on prosecutors and judges.

Controversial Ukrainian oligarch banned from US

Washington - The United States on Friday banned the entry of controversial Ukrainian billionaire Igor Kolomoisky, accusing him of corruption and of undermining democracy.

Colombian prosecutor asks judge to shelve probe into ex-president

Apo - Colombia's public prosecutor said on Friday he would ask a judge to halt an investigation into former president Alvaro Uribe regarding alleged witness tampering and fraud.

French court acquits ex-PM Balladur in corruption trial

Paris - A French court on Thursday acquitted former prime minister Edouard Balladur of corruption charges but handed a suspended jail term to his former defence minister, in a case that involved kickbacks from arms deals with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

French ex-president Sarkozy handed jail term for corruption

Paris - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and handed a three-year prison sentence, in a ruling that deals a major blow to any lingering political ambitions.

S.Africa's Zuma arms deal corruption case to heard in May

Pietermaritzburg - South Africa's scandal-tainted former president Jacob Zuma and French arms dealer Thales, accused of graft in a case going back more than two decades, will go on trial in May, the High Court ruled Tuesday.

Argentina president tells health minister to quit over vaccine line-jumping

- Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez asked his health minister to resign Friday after it emerged that friends of his had skipped the line for a Covid-19 vaccination.

Clashes at Cyprus protest over official graft, virus measures

Nicosia - Cypriot police used water cannon and tear gas in rare clashes with protesters, as hundreds demonstrated on Saturday against government corruption and coronavirus restrictions.

Migrant massacre puts focus on Mexican police corruption

Mexico - The massacre of a group of migrants whose charred bodies were found in northern Mexico has shone a spotlight on the entrenched links between police and criminals in the violence-ridden country.

Spain's rightwing in dock as slush fund trial opens

Madrid - The trial of a key figure in an illegal funding scandal involving Spain's rightwing Popular Party opened Monday with the defendant pledging a full confession directly implicating the former premier.

Israel's Netanyahu appears in court as graft trial ramps up

Jerusalem - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in court briefly Monday, reaffirming his innocence, as his corruption trial enters an intensified phase weeks before a fourth national election inside two years.

Israel's Netanyahu returns to court as graft trial ramps up

Jerusalem - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returns to court on Monday to formally respond to the corruption charges against him, as his trial enters an intensified phase six weeks before he faces re-election.

Journalists say Hungary drone law stifles reporting

Budapest - When Hungarian journalist Gabi Horn was called in by police last October about her investigative news site's drone footage of a business tycoon's estate, at first she thought a corruption probe had been opened.

Brazil's watershed 'Car Wash' probe ends with a whimper

Rio De Janeiro - One of the biggest corruption investigations in history, Brazil's "Operation Car Wash," which felled presidents and powerful players across Latin America, wrapped up this week after falling into scandal itself.

Zuma vows never to appear before S.Africa's anti-graft panel

Johanesburg - South Africa's beleaguered ex-president Jacob Zuma vowed Monday to not appear before a judicial panel probing corruption during his nine-year tenure, defying a court order compelling him to testify.

Cyprus to launch anti-graft reforms after passport scandal

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said Thursday his government would announce major anti-graft reforms after it scrapped its controversial passport-for-investment scheme last year.
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