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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

SNC-Lavalin says 32 employees requested amnesty

Scandal-plagued SNC-Lavalin said Monday that 32 employees came forward with requests under its corporate amnesty program between June 3 and August 31.

The Montreal-based engineering and construction firm didn’t say how many of the employees who requested amnesty under the program received it.… Continue Reading

China strike teams find sleaze . . . everywhere

Four months ago, China’s anti-corruption czar Wang Qishan sent ten team across the country on surprise inspections. They uncovered graft nearly everywhere they went.

They found corruption in Chongqing, Inner Mongolia, Jiangxi, Hubei and Guizhou.… Continue Reading

After mall attack, Kenya’s graft history gets closer look

Even before last week’s siege of Nairobi’s Westgate mall had ended, Kenya’s rampant corruption was being blamed for making it easier for the Islamic militants to carry out the attack.

The Standard called on government leaders ‘to explain, at the very least, how more than a dozen foreign terrorists and their war matériel sneaked into the country without their knowledge.’… Continue Reading

Despite crackdown, Asia firms are slow to comply

Only 40 percent of Asia companies have anti-bribery policies in place, compared with a global average of 81 percent last year.

An EY survey polled 681 executives in China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and South Korea.… Continue Reading

Thai anti-graft app may (or may not) reduce bribery

Reporting corruption in Thailand just got easier with the roll out of a Thai version of a website and smartphone app.
 
Although a quarter of all Thais say they have to pay bribes at least once a year, the government’s Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said it only receives about 4,000 complaints a year through its telephone hotline, website and walk-in center.… Continue Reading

China Corruption Blotter (September 27, 2013)

Wen Qingliang, former head of Kunming Railway Bureau in Yunnan province has been charged by prosecutors for taking $3.3 million in bribes together with his mistress, surnamed Zhong. Wen allegedly helped Shanxi’s coal mine owners deliver coal using the railway system in return for bribes.… Continue Reading

Crooked pol makes Chicago graft history

Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano pleaded guilty to bribery this week, the third time he’s gone down for graft. Even in the Windy City, that’s an amazing record of sleaze.

After his first conviction Medrano was booted out of office and thrown in prison.… Continue Reading

Switzerland OKs Ben Aissa extradition to Canada

Former SNC-Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa is being sent from Switzerland back to Canada to corruption charges.

Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court ruled in favor of a request from Canada’s Department of Justice for Ben Aissa’s extradition.… Continue Reading