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Switzerland: Court Rules on Marcos Assets

(Jan. 15, 2009) On January 12, 2009, Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that assets deposited by an associate of Ferdinand Marcos, the former president of the Philippines, should be returned to the Philippines. The agency that will receive the funds is the Presidential Commission on Good Government of the Philippines (PCGG). The deposits amount to […]

Thailand: Former Prime Minister Found Guilty

(Oct. 28, 2008) Media sources have reported that Thailand's Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of abusing his office and sentenced him to two years in prison. The finding and sentence were passed in absentia, as Thaksin Shinawatra is currently in the United Kingdom. It is likely that Thailand will […]

Brazil: Federal Supreme Court Prohibits Nepotism in All Three Branches of Government

(Sept. 16, 2008) On August 21, 2008, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (Súmula Vinculante No. 13 de 21 de Agosto de 2008) prohibiting nepotism in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. In 2005, the National Council of Justice (CNJ), a judicial agency responsible for the administrative and financial control of […]

Indonesia: Supreme Court Investigated for Corruption

(July 2, 2008) Media reports have indicated that Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission has commenced an investigation into the embezzlement of administrative fees by the Supreme Court. It is reported that the Commission will review several Supreme Court bank accounts, including an account in the name of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Bagir Manan. […]

Israel: Whistleblowers’; Protection

(July 2, 2008) On June 17, 2008, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Protection of Workers (Disclosure of Offenses and Harm to Integrity or to Proper Administration) Law (Amendment No. 2), 5768-2008. The amendment was designed to further protect workers who report violations of the law and ethics, by strengthening appropriate civil and criminal enforcement […]

Uganda: Anti Corruption Policy Under Criticism

(June 2, 2008) The Ugandan government has come under heavy criticism for its “go slow policies” in cleaning up corruption. Niels Hjotdal, head of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), recently criticized the Ugandan government “for failing to punish officials linked to graft-related scandals,” even with the improvements in laws, regulations, and institutions enabling the […]

Bangladesh: Former Prime Minister’s Son Implicated in Corruption

(May 2, 2008) In an effort to control corruption by the country's politicians, on April 1, 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Bangladesh filed a charge sheet against Tarique Rahman, the elder son of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, for allegedly amassing wealth illegally and concealing information about his assets. The ACC has also charged […]

Czech Republic: Presidential Veto of Amendment to Conflict-of-Interest Provision

(May 2, 2008) Calling the proposed amendment to the law on conflict of interest unsystematic, ill-conceived, chaotic, and incomprehensible, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed it. Klaus was concerned that the amendment would pose a threat to privacy, according to Petr Hajek, a presidential office spokesman. (Czech President Vetoes Amendment to Law on Conflict of […]

Pakistan: Loans to Politicians Waived

(Apr. 2, 2008) On January 21, 2008, the Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a suo moto notice to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The notice was in response to a press report stating that the SBP had approved a scheme in October 2002 (during the military regime of President General Pervez Musharraf) to quietly […]

Uganda: Strict Anti-Corruption Law Drafted

(Apr. 2, 2008) The Government of Uganda recently introduced a harsh anti-corruption bill that has a broad definition of "corruption." Among other provisions, the bill provides for a sentence of up to 14 years of imprisonment upon conviction of crimes of embezzlement and causing of financial loss; the confiscation of property acquired through corruption; amendment […]