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Bangladesh: Extortion Trial of Former Prime Minister

(Mar. 2, 2008) The trial of the former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, on a complaint of extortion filed by businessman Azam J. Chowdhury, has begun. The complainant stated to journalists on January 24, 2008, that he had made the complaint against Hasina's cousin, former minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, for extortion of $500,000 […]

Czech Republic: High Court Rejects Complaint Against Supreme Court Head

(Mar. 2, 2008) On March 3, 2008, the Olomouc High Court in North Moravia, the Czech Republic, rejected a complaint against Iya Brozova, the Chairwoman of the Czech Supreme Court. The disciplinary complaint, initiated by Justice Minister Jiri Pospisil in December 2007, had alleged that she diverted from the Justice Ministry 40 million crowns (about […]

Iran: Judiciary High Council Bans Judges from Membership in Political Parties

(Mar. 2, 2008) A directive issued by the Judiciary High Council of Iran in late 2007 states that, for the purpose of ensuring neutrality in the performance of judicial duties and meeting the highest standards of ethics, judges are banned from membership in any political parties and related organizations. The directive stresses that judges are […]

Gabon: Twenty NGOs Banned

(Feb. 2, 2008) The Government of Gabon has accused about 20 non-governmental organizations of interfering in the political life of the country and has placed a temporary ban on their activities. The ban will be lifted for individual agencies, following briefings by the NGOs to the Ministry of the Interior about their activities, according to […]

Nigeria: New Anti-Corruption Body Planned

(Feb. 2, 2008) President Umaru Yar'Adua stated on January 15, 2008, that Nigeria would establish a new government unit aimed at monitoring suspicious financial transactions, modeled on similar bodies in the United States and China, in order to strengthen anti- corruption efforts in the public sector. Since Yar'Adua took office in May 2007, seven state […]

South Africa: Political Leader Faces Corruption Charges

(Jan. 2, 2008) Jacob Zuma, the new head of the South African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party in South Africa, faces fresh corruption charges in connection with a US$5 billion arms deal carried out in 1999, according to a BBC news report of December 20, 2007. If Zuma is convicted, his prospects of becoming […]

Zimbabwe: Abuse of Power

(Jan. 2, 2008) As reported by the Associated Press on December 16, 2007, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has suspended Sobusa Gula-Ndebele from his post as the attorney general in connection with a case of a fugitive banker who is wanted for alleged currency offenses. Mugabe also formed a tribunal to investigate the attorney general. […]

Switzerland: Federal Archives

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 28, 2007, the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Switzerland re-promulgated a list of federal archival material that is not being made available to the public 30 years after its creation but enjoys instead either a 50-year protective period or an indefinite period during which it cannot be made public […]

France: Law on the Fight Against Corruption

(Dec. 2, 2007) Law 2007-1598 of November 13, 2007, on the Fight Against Corruption amends the Penal Code to bring it into conformity with the 1999 Council of Europe Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and the 2003 United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The Law punishes any public official who engages in corruption, including public officials […]