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South Korea jails former president Lee for 15 years on corruption charges

South Korea jails former president Lee for 15 years on corruption chargesA Seoul court on Friday jailed former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak for 15 years for corruption, making him the latest in a string of high-profile political and business leaders ensnared by graft charges. Lee, in office from 2008 to 2013, is the fourth former South Korean president to be jailed, with his successor Park Geun-hye imprisoned for her role in a separate corruption scandal that toppled her from power in early 2017 and also led to jail time for Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee.



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Israel's prime minister questioned again in corruption probe

Israel's prime minister questioned again in corruption probeIsraeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the 12th time in connection with a long-running corruption investigation.



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Archbishop who called on Pope to resign says corruption reaches the top

Archbishop who called on Pope to resign says corruption reaches the topArchbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has gone into hiding since conservative media published an 11-page statement in which he alleged the pope knew for years about sexual misconduct by an American cardinal and did nothing about it. Vigano has been communicating through Aldo Maria Valli, an Italian television journalist who Vigano consulted several times before releasing his statement last Sunday when the pope was in Ireland. Italian media has reported he was upset because he was never made a cardinal by former Pope Benedict or because Francis blocked his further advancement in the Church.



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Paul Manafort Is Just A Tiny Part Of DC's Lobbying Corruption

Paul Manafort Is Just A Tiny Part Of DC's Lobbying CorruptionEvery decade, Washington gets a big reminder about the corrosive influence of



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Corruption indictment of US Rep. Duncan Hunter at a glance

Corruption indictment of US Rep. Duncan Hunter at a glanceSAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife Margaret used more than $ 250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses including groceries, fast food meals and golf trips and lied about it in campaign filings, prosecutors said Tuesday. Here are details of some of the payments described in the 48-page indictment filed in federal court:



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Ex-New York Assembly Speaker Silver found guilty in second corruption trial

Ex-New York Assembly Speaker Silver found guilty in second corruption trialBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was found guilty of corruption charges on Friday by a jury in Manhattan federal court after an appeals court threw out an earlier conviction. Silver, 74, was charged with directing state money to a prominent cancer researcher and supporting a real estate developer’s interests on rent legislation in exchange for about $ 4 million in bribes and kickbacks. Silver was found guilty of all seven counts against him, including honest services fraud and extortion.



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Jury convicts ex-Assembly leader in public corruption trial

Jury convicts ex-Assembly leader in public corruption trialNEW YORK (AP) — A jury convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges Friday, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid years in prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government.



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Saudi Arabian corruption detainees may face terrorism-focused courts

Saudi Arabian corruption detainees may face terrorism-focused courtsSaudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has begun processing the cases of 56 men detained in the country’s sweeping anti-corruption purge late last year, an official said on Sunday. The 56 are still in Saudi government custody after failing to be exonerated or reach financial settlements with the government. The shock crackdown in November 2017 saw a new Supreme Anti-Corruption Committee round up 381 corruption suspects on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s orders, with many confined and interrogated. Just 30 or so of the men’s identities were released. The list of names included top officials, members of the Saudi royal family, and global investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. More than 2,000 bank accounts were frozen and private jets were grounded as detainees were rounded up and, in many cases, held in Riyadh’s opulent Ritz-Carlton hotel. In January, Saudi Arabia’s attorney general released a statement saying it had completed its review of cases and would release all those who had paid settlements or against whom it did not have enough evidence. The rise of MBS It estimated the value of settlements at 400 billion Saudi riyals (more than £75 billion) “represented in various types of assets, including real estate, commercial entities, securities, cash and other assets.” On Sunday, the Saudi government announced that the public prosecutor had begun investigations and opening arguments in the corruption cases of the 56 men still in custody. According to deputy attorney general for investigations Saud al-Hamad, the charged men will be referred to court for prosecution in cases related to money laundering or terrorism. Mr Hamad said some of those under investigation hadn’t respected confidential agreements, while others committed further, as yet unspecified, offences. The anti-corruption campaign was framed as part of Mohammad bin Salman’s push to transform Saudi’s oil-dependent economy, which has been long plagued by graft, and make it more modern, diversified, and capable of withstanding diving oil prices. But critics say the blanket of secrecy that has cloaked proceedings, as well as the lack of detail on financial settlements reached, suggests it was more about gathering cash and shoring up the crown prince’s growing authority than tackling corruption.



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Rep. Ted Lieu Urges Trump To Keep Pruitt As Symbol Of Administration's Corruption

Rep. Ted Lieu Urges Trump To Keep Pruitt As Symbol Of Administration's CorruptionWhile Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has railed against Scott Pruitt, he quipped



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Rep. Ted Lieu Urges Trump To Keep Pruitt As Symbol Of Administration's Corruption

Rep. Ted Lieu Urges Trump To Keep Pruitt As Symbol Of Administration's CorruptionWhile Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has railed against Scott Pruitt, he quipped



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