Entries in Corruption (6)


Former Israeli PM Acquitted of Major Corruption Charges

Uriel Sinai/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- In one of the biggest corruption cases in Israeli history, Ehud Olmert, the country's former prime minister, was found guilty on Tuesday of breach of trust, but acquitted of two far bigger corruption charges.

Olmert was convicted of breach of trust when, as a minister, he granted business favors to a friend.  He was found not guilty of double charging charities for travel and using the leftover money for personal reasons, and of taking bribes from an American businessman.

The single conviction is seen as a victory for Olmert.  A sentence will be handed down later.

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Police Arrest Employees from Murdoch's The Sun Newspaper

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Authorities arrested eight people Saturday, including five employees from Rupert Murdoch's The Sun newspaper, in connection to the phone hacking and corruption scandal, according to police and representatives from News Corporation.

Also arrested was a police officer, a member of the armed services and an employee of the Ministry of Defense, as authorities investigate bribery claims of public officials by journalists. Authorities say British police searched the offices of Murdoch's News Corporation Saturday morning for materials relating to suspected payments to police officers and public officials.

According to police, information leading to the arrests was provided by the Management and Standards Committee, a group established by News Corporation to investigate the corruption scandal.

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Peacocks, Prostitutes Found in Mexican Prison

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ACAPULCO, Mexico) -- A surprise inspection of an Acapulco prison revealed that 19 female prostitutes were living there.

Officers preparing to transfer inmates to a maximum security jail also found six female inmates living in the male section, 100 plasma televisions, two sacks of marijuana, two peacocks and 100 cockerels used for cock fighting, the BBC reported.

Mexican prisons are known for overcrowding and corruption.

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Popular in Egypt: Hosni Mubarak, the Ringtone

Newspapers bearing pictures of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak lying on a stretcher inside a cage are displayed on a pavement in Cairo on August 4, 2011. MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- For Egyptians who want the glee of seeing former President Hosni Mubarak lying in a hospital bed in his courtroom cage to last a bit longer, they can now carry it with them on their cell phones.

Ringtones of the few low, growly words the deposed leader spoke at the start of his trial on Wednesday are now available for download courtesy of a website that has posted three different versions.

The first is the judge calling on Mubarak by his full name -- Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak -- followed by Mubarak responding, "I am here, your honor."

Another has Mubarak's response to the charges of corruption and complicity in the murder of around 850 protesters during the 18-day revolution that led to his downfall:

"I categorically deny all the charges."

The newspaper Al Ahram reports that the ringtones have become popular among Egyptians.

Egypt and much of the Middle East was stunned Wednesday to see the once all-powerful Mubarak sent to Cairo from his hospital in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh for his trial. Many assumed he would never be tried or at the very least be able to avoid a court appearance with a health excuse.

But he was helicoptered into the police academy where the trial was being held, and shortly thereafter was wheeled into the now-famous iron cage.

A sampling of headlines in Egypt on Thursday read, "Pharaoh in the Cage: Yes Your Honor, I Am Here," "An Example to the Next Ruler," and "Mubarak in the Hands of Justice."

Mubarak had not been seen since a defiant February 10 speech in which he refused to step down. His next court appearance will be August 15.

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Mubarak Speaks Out, Denies Corruption Allegations

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is speaking out for the first time since being forced out of office in February.

In a statement broadcast Sunday on Al Arabiya television, Mubarak shot down allegations that he was a corrupt leader and denied having amassed assets overseas. Mubarak said he only holds accounts in one Egyptian bank and threatened to sue anyone who “defames” him or his family, or anyone who attacks him or attempts to undermine his reputation.

“I agree to anything that would help uncover any businesses or real estate belonging to my entire family globally,” Mubarak said in the statement broadcast on Al Arabiya.

Mubarak and his two sons have been summoned by a state prosecutor to face questioning on charges of killing demonstrators and corruption.

Mubarak stepped down from office on February 11, following intense protests calling for his resignation.

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Tunisia: Thousands Hit Streets to Protest Unemployment, Corruption

Photo Courtesy - FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images(TUNIS, Tunisia) -- Tunisia has been rocked by protests that have apparently forced longtime leader Zine Al Abedine Ben Ali to step down. There are unconfirmed reports by state media that he has fled the country, and the nation's prime minister said he is now in control.

Rioters took to the streets protesting unemployment and rising food prices. The situation escalated into chaos. Police clashed with rioters, some of whom climbed the walls of the Interior Ministry, reportedly the site of torture for years.

Reading a statement on television, Tunisia's prime minister, Mohammed Ghannouchi, announced he would take over the position of president as Ben Ali "cannot practice his authorities."

The government reports at least 23 people have been killed in the rioting, but opposition members said the death toll could be triple that. On Friday, Air France, one of the main airlines serving the country, said it suspended flights to Tunisia following the closure of its airspace.

The whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks is credited with stirring the anger of the Tunisian people. Users of Facebook and other social networking sites spread comments about U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks which described corruption in Tunisia, and called the country a "police state."

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