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Egypt's Sisi denies graft accusations

Egypt's Sisi denies graft accusationsEgypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday flatly denied allegations of corruption made by an Egyptian businessman, assuring he was “honest and faithful” to his people and army. Videos posted online from outside the country since early September accusing Sisi and Egypt’s military of graft have gone viral, sparking rare debate about the army’s growing economic empire. The man behind them, 45-year-old construction contractor Mohamed Aly, claims that authorities have misappropriated millions of Egyptian pounds in public funds.



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Kenyan finance minister arrested on graft charges

Kenyan finance minister arrested on graft chargesKenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich was arrested on Monday on suspicion of financial misconduct related to the construction of two dams, an unprecedented detention of a sitting minister for corruption in a country notorious for graft. Rotich denied any wrongdoing in a large newspaper advertisement in March. Rotich and his co-accused face eight charges, ranging from conspiring to defraud and financial misconduct, Noordin Haji, the director of public prosecutions, said.



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Israel's Netanyahu Retains Grip on Power Despite Graft Probes

Israel's Netanyahu Retains Grip on Power Despite Graft ProbesNetanyahu’s Likud party and retired general Benny Gantz’s Blue and White bloc each won 35 of parliament’s 120 seats. Shortly after polls closed, several of the prime minister’s current partners announced that they would recommend to President Reuven Rivlin that Netanyahu form the next government. “It will be a right-wing government but I intend to be the prime minister of all Israel,” the premier told cheering supporters in Tel Aviv, following a divisive campaign where alleged corruption and personal insult overshadowed policy differences.



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Palestinian journalist wins appeal over Gaza graft report

Palestinian journalist wins appeal over Gaza graft reportA Palestinian journalist was acquitted on appeal over an investigative report about corruption in the Gaza Strip Monday, according to Amnesty International and a campaign group. In a 2016 report for Al-Araby TV, Hajar Harb alleged that doctors were writing false medical reports to let people leave Gaza for treatment, one of the few reasons Israel allows Palestinians out of the blockaded strip run by Hamas. The appeals court in Gaza “acquitted journalist Hajar Harb of all charges and closed her file,” he said.



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Graft accusation piles pressure on Israel's Netanyahu as election looms

Graft accusation piles pressure on Israel's Netanyahu as election loomsNetanyahu’s aim of a fifth term on April 9 that would make him Israel’s longest-serving premier were dealt a blow by the announcement on Thursday of his planned indictment on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Yuval Steinitz, a Likud cabinet minister, told Tel Aviv 102 FM radio he was “confident that Netanyahu will continue being able to contend with pressure of whatever kind”. Former party leader Ariel Sharon won a 2003 election and went on to form a coalition government despite a graft scandal, Steinitz noted.



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Netanyahu says graft allegations a 'witch hunt' to topple him

Netanyahu says graft allegations a 'witch hunt' to topple himIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday called corruption allegations a “witch hunt” meant to topple him after the attorney general announced plans to indict him. Speaking in a televised statement a couple of hours after the attorney general’s announcement, Netanyahu said he planned on being prime minister for a long time to come despite the allegations. “The left knows it cannot beat us at the polling booth, so for the past three years they have been carrying out an unprecedented witch hunt which has one aim: to topple the right-wing government which I lead,” he said.



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South Africa's Ramaphosa appoints graft tribunal

South Africa's Ramaphosa appoints graft tribunalSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a tribunal to fast-track legal proceedings from graft investigations by the country’s Special Investigating Unit (SIU), the presidency said on Sunday. The tribunal will adjudicate over any civil proceedings brought before it by the SIU, which investigates malpractice in state institutions, state assets and public money, the presidency said in a statement.



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Romania president: plan to invalidate graft cases not legal

Romania president: plan to invalidate graft cases not legalBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president said on Tuesday that a government decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving senior officials is "crassly unconstitutional," a development that also prompted concern from the European Union.



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Israel police recommend indicting Netanyahu in third graft probe

Israel police recommend indicting Netanyahu in third graft probeIsraeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for bribery and other offences, the third such move against the premier in recent months. Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the cases against him have led to speculation that they could eventually force the long-serving prime minister to step down. The head of the opposition Labour party, Avi Gabbay, renewed his call for Netanyahu to resign.



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Netanyahu questioned again over alleged graft

Netanyahu questioned again over alleged graftIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went through a new round of questioning on Friday, police said, amid graft allegations that have threatened to topple him. The premier was questioned at his official residence in the context of investigations by the national economic crimes unit, a police statement in Hebrew said. Investigators arrived at the premier’s Jerusalem residence in the morning to interview him over allegations of corruption involving local telecoms giant Bezeq and its largest shareholder, Shaul Elovitch, according to Israeli media reports.



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