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CORRUPTION

On deception and lies within the Iraqi parliament

Thursday, 1 February 2018

If we were in a country whose government respects itself and which respects its citizens and looks after them, we would have witnessed a serious uproar following the recent developments related to the upcoming elections in Iraq. What Members of Parliaments revealed after it was decided to prohibit anyone who does not at least have a Bachelor Degree to run for the elections is a serious scandal.It turned out many members of the higher legislative body in the country violate the law day and night. ...

Adnan Hussein

What’s next for Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption probe?

Monday, 29 January 2018

As the first steps have come to an end, Saudi Arabia’s High Commission against Corruption is negotiating any future settlements especially after the release of several detainees in recent days.In a previous statement issued a month ago, Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb had expressed that the majority of those who had been confronted with corruption charges have pleaded guilty and accepted settlement pleas.Accepting the settlement agreementThe Committee pointed out in its ...

Can Netanyahu’s corruption be seen in isolation?

Monday, 15 January 2018

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu is a corrupt leader. But his corruption cannot be seen in isolation from deeply engrained corruption that has afflicted Israeli society as a whole.At the heart of that corruption is the Israeli occupation of Palestine - an illegal and immoral act that has benefited every living Israeli just as their ancestors have benefited from the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948.Tens of thousands of Israelis have protested the corruption of Netanyahu and his ...

Ramzy Baroud

Report: FIFA paid its officials $10 mln in 2017 despite reform pledge

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Despite promises of reform, FIFA reportedly paid its ruling council nearly $10 million in 2017. The New York Times newspaper quotes “three people with direct knowledge of the payments”, FIFA, a nonprofit organization, paid each of the elected representatives on its 37-member council $250,000 salaries, plus tens of thousands of dollars more in travel expenses, in 2017. That level of compensation — for a council that is scheduled to meet only three times this year — far ...

Corruption is the Middle East’s political gangrene

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Following the strict measures taken recently by the Saudi government against dozens of prominent figures, the issue of corruption has moved to the center of public attention in several other regional countries notably Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.To be sure, corruption has always been a major cause of concern in those nations, in fact, throughout the Middle East. Usually, however, it is sotto voce style people talk of corruption in high places, treating it as “one of those things”, ...

Amir Taheri

Lebanese-Brazilian billionaire politician jailed for corruption

Thursday, 21 December 2017

One of Brazil's longest-serving politicians, a former mayor of Sao Paulo, Paulo Salim Maluf, surrendered to police Wednesday to start a nearly eight year prison sentence for money laundering. Brazil's entire political class is mired in corruption scandals uncovered by prosecutors and police over the last four years and Paulo Maluf, 86, is seen by many as a symbol of long-running impunity for acts stretching back decades. Currently a congressional deputy, Maluf was convicted of corruption in May ...

India decides to fast-track trial of its lawless lawmakers

Friday, 15 December 2017

The cat is finally out of the bag. After being in denial for years, the Indian Government has confessed that there are as many as 1,581 sitting legislators facing criminal prosecution in 13,680 cases and offered to set up 12 special courts across the length and breadth of the country to speed up the trial of the tainted.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s candid admission this week before the Supreme Court throws a timely spotlight in the criminalization of politics – ...

Attorney General’s statement enshrines Saudi ideals of rule of law

Friday, 8 December 2017

The statement of the Attorney General regarding the detainees involved in corruption cases, whose number I believe exceeds 320, goes beyond the issue of corruption as a whole and to the very important principle of the rule of law, which is now the main feature of the Saudi state.When the Attorney-General speaks about the trial and the legal guarantees for suspects and the accused in a large case involving the inviolability of public funds, the office affirms the right of every human being to a ...

Abdulrahman al-Lahim

Fight against corruption: Paving the way to the fourth Saudi state

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Since the coming to power of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the emergence of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman on the political scene, we are witnessing a new stage, or rather, a new version of the country with attributes of power and dynamism at all levels. His vision for the management of state affairs during the next phase of the country’s history can be seen by anyone who refers to the content of King Salman’s speech in March 2015 at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh. ...

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

Why are the Ritz detainees being released after settlement

Thursday, 30 November 2017

The release of the detainees in Saudi Arabia has so far raised some questions over why they are being freed without trial. Renowned commentator Turki Al-Hamad were among those wondering about the fate of the detainees. “It’s a good question,” wrote Abdul Rahman al-Lahem in Okaz newspaper, stating that It is not possible to compare commonplace theft crimes to very complex financial corruption offenses, and it requires flexibility in the process to serve the public interest and ...

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