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Indonesia minister turns himself in for COVID-19 aid graft


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Angolan ex-president dos Santos denies ties to daughter's alleged graft

Angolan ex-president dos Santos denies ties to daughter's alleged graftAngola’s former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos has denied links to alleged public company embezzlement during his rule, in his first response to corruption investigators last month freezing his daughter’s assets. Isabel dos Santos, the ex-president’s billionaire first-born, has been the target of an anti-corruption campaign led by her father’s successor President Joao Lourenco. The investigation is looking at alleged irregularities involving diamond marketing firm Sodiam and Sonangol — Angola’s national oil company, which was handed over to Isabel dos Santos by her father in 2016.



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Nigeria frees former top official accused of graft

Nigeria frees former top official accused of graftNigeria’s former national defence advisor, who was arrested in 2015 for allegedly stealing $ 2 billion, has been freed from jail after several court rulings ordering his release, a security official said Wednesday. Sambo Dasuki spent four years in prison despite multiple court orders to Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) domestic intelligence agency for his release on bail. Dasuki is accused of siphoning money earmarked for the fight against Islamic militant group Boko Haram and allegedly using it to help bankroll former president Goodluck Jonathan’s failed re-election campaign in 2015.



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Graft, gangs, bad conditions fuel Honduras prison killings

Graft, gangs, bad conditions fuel Honduras prison killingsA top security official in Honduras said Monday the Mara Salvatrucha gang ordered prison riots that killed 37 inmates since Friday. Assistant Security Minister Luis Suazo said the gang known as MS-13 staged the bloody riots to force the government to back down from emergency measures decreed last week. “We have information that the MS is behind this and gave the orders to carry out these attacks,” said Suazo.



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Flashy Nairobi governor pleads not guilty to graft charges

Flashy Nairobi governor pleads not guilty to graft chargesThe flashy governor of Nairobi on Monday pleaded not guilty to over 30 charges of money laundering, receiving bribes and conflict of interest in a court appearance held under tight security. Governor Mike , the latest top official to be hauled in on corruption charges in Kenya, is accused of having benefitted from irregular procurement and payments of $ 3.5 million (3.1 million euros). Sonko spent the weekend in jail after his dramatic arrest in southern Voi saw him scuffle with police before being bundled in a helicopter and flown to Nairobi.



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Nairobi governor pleads not guilty to graft charges

Nairobi governor pleads not guilty to graft chargesNairobi’s governor pleaded not guilty to corruption and other economic crimes involving millions of dollars in a Kenyan court on Monday. Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko was arrested on Friday and is accused of conspiracy to commit corruption, failure to comply with laws related to procurement, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering the proceeds of crime. Chief public prosecutor Noordin Haji has accused Sonko and his associates of the misappropriation of 357 million Kenyan shillings ($ 3.52 million).



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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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