A year ago, we wrote here about the enactment and possible implications of a new law in China preventing China-based individuals and entities, including the China-based subsidiaries of non-Chinese companies, from providing certain assistance in criminal proceedings outside of China.… Continue Reading
At the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference in London on October 11 and 12, global leaders and senior officials will gather to talk about the rampant trafficking of ivory, rhino horn and other wildlife products.
Will all the talking translate into action this time?… Continue Reading
Severin Wirz: Corruption scandals, threats of violence are backdrop to Kenya’s August presidential election
On August 8, Kenya’s 19.7 million registered voters will head to the polls in a much-anticipated general election. Although the country will vote on more than 1,800 offices across 47 counties, by far the most-watched seat is for the presidency.
E-government to business (G2B) such as e-procurement, e-tax filing and e-sourcing are often cited as being useful to reduce interface between companies and government officials and thus the scope for discretionary decisions, thereby diminishing the opportunities for bribery.… Continue Reading
Track and field was once the pre-eminent Summer Olympics event. I suspect most readers can name many more track and field stars from history — Jim Thorpe, Eric Liddell, Jesse Owens, Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Florence Griffith-Joyner, and so on — than they could from any other event.… Continue Reading
UK printing company Smith and Ouzman Ltd was ordered to pay a total of £2.2 million ($3.2 million) Friday by the Southwark Crown Court in London.
Two senior managers of the China Roads and Bridge Construction Company were arrested in Kenya for allegedly giving bribes to highway authority officials to cover up the use of overloaded trucks.… Continue Reading
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. agreed to pay $16.2 million to settle SEC charges that subsidiaries in Kenya and Angola paid bribes to increase tire sales.
The SEC said in an administrative order Tuesday that Goodyear violated the books and records and internal controls provisions of the FCPA by failing to prevent more than $3.2 million in bribes from 2007 and 2011.… Continue Reading
The chairman of a UK-based printing company and his son, the sales and marketing director, were sentenced Thursday for bribing public officials to win contracts in Kenya and Mauritania.
Smith and Ouzman Ltd marketing director Nicholas Smith, 43, was sentenced to three years in prison.… Continue Reading
Smith and Ouzman Ltd and two of its executives were convicted Monday in London’s Southwark Crown Court after a Serious Fraud Office prosecution of corrupt payments to win business for the company.… Continue Reading
Kenyan authorities arrested 77 Chinese nationals for allegedly operating a cybercrime command center capable of disrupting the country’s communication and financial systems.
Police raided a rented house in Nairobi after a fire broke out there and found “sophisticated” hacking and communications equipment, the Nation reported.… Continue Reading
There still seems to be some debate as to whether the FCPA, the UK Bribery Act, and other international focused anti-bribery legislation aids in the fight against terrorism. But the continuum from corruption to crime to terrorism is well-established and arguing that laws such as the FCPA have no place in a country’s overall security regime seems to be me to be naive at best.… Continue Reading