Corruption

RIO DE JANEIRO | Arrest of Rio governor adds to state’s fame for corruption

RIO DE JANEIRO — The governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro was arrested on Thursday for allegedly taking about $10 million in bribes since 2007, the latest in a string of corruption arrests of senior political figures. Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao was taken into custody by federal police at the governor’s palace early … Continue reading RIO DE JANEIRO | Arrest of Rio governor adds to state’s fame for corruption

MIAMI | FIFA boss says he doesn’t know why prosecutor was suspended

MIAMI — FIFA President Gianni Infantino says he doesn’t know why the lead investigator into corruption within the organization was suspended from that role. Infantino was a childhood friend of the prosecutor, Olivier Thormann. The FIFA president said he had no contact with Thormann that might have led to the suspension by the Swiss prosecutor’s … Continue reading MIAMI | FIFA boss says he doesn’t know why prosecutor was suspended

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary

SKOPJE, Macedonia  — Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who fled his country to avoid a two-year prison term for corruption, has requested asylum in Hungary, the Hungarian government said Wednesday. Meanwhile, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev called on Hungary to extradite Gruevski, his bitter political rival. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s office said it … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia ex-leader requests asylum in Hungary

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian police issue arrest warrant for former PM

SKOPJE, Macedonia  — Macedonian police sought the country’s former prime minister late Monday, looking to arrest him to begin serving a two-year prison term following his conviction on corruption-related charges. Interior Ministry spokesman Toni Angelovski told The Associated Press that police issued a warrant for Nikola Gruevski’s arrest on instructions from Macedonia’s criminal court. On … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonian police issue arrest warrant for former PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia arrests 63 suspected of rights abuses, corruption

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia has arrested 63 intelligence officials, military personnel and businesspeople on allegations of rights violations and corruption, the country’s attorney general announced Monday. The sweeping high-profile arrests carried out in recent days are a result of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s order for a months-long investigation into misdoings under the previous government. … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia arrests 63 suspected of rights abuses, corruption

NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s internal security minister Friday launched a police internal affairs unit to investigate allegations of abuses in the force including corruption and accusations that officers kill suspects and perpetrate other human rights abuses. The new investigation body has been welcomed with optimism by some rights activists, but many remain skeptical on its … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar | Madagascar to vote for familiar faces in presidential polls

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Voters in Madagascar will go to the polls Wednesday to elect a president with hopes that a new leader will take this Indian Ocean island nation out of chronic poverty and corruption. The 36 candidates have all promised to improve the country’s economy and end graft but political analysts say the three … Continue reading ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar | Madagascar to vote for familiar faces in presidential polls

JOHANNESBURG | South Africa leaving ‘dark’ days of corruption, says leader

JOHANNESBURG — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country has survived a “dark period” when corruption was rampant and is now focused on achieving economic growth and land reform to win popular support in general elections next year. Speaking to international journalists, Ramaphosa said that he and his ruling party, the African National Congress, … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South Africa leaving ‘dark’ days of corruption, says leader