Japan’s Olympics Chief Faces Corruption Charges in France

In France, complex criminal cases are handled by special magistrates with broad investigative powers, who place defendants under formal investigation when they believe the evidence points to serious wrongdoing. But the magistrates can later drop the charges if they do not believe the evidence is sufficient to proceed to trial. In 2016, French prosecutors said…

Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief ‘investigated in French corruption probe’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tsunekazu Takeda shown celebrating in 2013 with the award of the Games to Tokyo The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee is being formally investigated in France for alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2020 Games to Tokyo, a French judicial source has said. Prosecutors have been investigating a €2m…

Protests in Peru as Team Investigating Odebrecht Corruption Is Dismissed

LIMA, Peru — Peru’s attorney general dismissed a team investigating the far-reaching Odebrecht corruption scandal late Monday, setting off street protests in cities across the country. President Martín Vizcarra quickly denounced the move, saying that it undercut Peru’s drive to purge corruption. “The head-on fight against corruption and impunity is a priority of this government,”…

El Chapo Trial Shows That Mexico’s Corruption Is Even Worse Than You Think

Even people in the private sector, witnesses have said, took cash from the cartels. A few weeks ago, the jurors learned that Mr. Guzmán had once reached a deal with a Colombian catering firm to sneak cocaine past security officials at the Bogotá airport onto planes owned by a Venezuelan airline, Aeropostal. When the planes…

Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan ex-PM, sent back to jail for corruption

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of supporters of Nawaz Sharif gathered at the court in Islamabad for the verdict Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sent back to jail after a fresh corruption conviction. The court in Islamabad gave Sharif a seven-year term for having investments beyond his declared assets. Sharif, who…

Corruption in South Africa: A Guide to Our Recent Reporting

First they heard about the spies. Then they heard about the secret brothels and the private planes. And the whole time, they were hearing about the assassins. The details exposed in South Africa’s corruption scandals have upended the country’s perception of the governing party, the African National Congress, threatening its decades-long control of the government….

Congo’s President Kabila on elections, corruption and his future

Upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo could mark the country’s first ever peaceful transition of power. After 17 years as president, Joseph Kabila surprised many by announcing he will step down. His presidency has been dogged by allegations of corruption and human rights abuses. In a rare interview with the BBC, the president…

Peru corruption: Ex-President Alan García denied asylum

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Alan García requested asylum from Uruguay but was denied Uruguay has rejected a request for asylum by Peru’s former president, Alan García. Mr García entered the residence of the Uruguayan ambassador in Lima on 17 November after he was accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which he…

The Corruption Cases Against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — For the third time this year, the Israeli police have recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with taking bribes, fraud and breach of trust, this time accusing him of performing official favors for a telecommunications and media conglomerate in exchange for adoring coverage by its news subsidiary. That case and two…