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Book ’em: the loophole undermining Romania’s anti-corruption drive

January 4, 2016

Publishing a book of scientific value can shave 30 days off a jail term – but no one is evaluating the results of the many white-collar inmates exploiting law Dan Voiculescu, media mogul and former prisoner, has reportedly written eight scientific papers. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images Dan Voiculescu , one of Romania’s richest men and […]

B&H: Prescription Order for Corruption

December 29, 2015

Some doctors and pharmacist found a way to enrich themselves through fake and fraudulent prescription orders that are subsidized by Una Sana Health Care Fund.     Two years ago, Haris Hadžalić received a phone call from the Cazin-based Public Health Clinic. The clinic’s director Muris Halkić asked him how was it possible that he […]

Belgrade Court Acquits Stanko Subotic of Cigarette Smuggling Charges in Final Ruling

December 29, 2015

After months of post-poned trials and seven years of litigation, the Belgrade Court of Appeals acquitted controversial businessman Stanko Subotic of cigarette smuggling charges in a final ruling which cannot be appealed by the prosecution. According to the final verdict published on the court’s website on December 24, the court said that the statute of […]

Macedonia: Finance Police Arrests 19 People in Agency for Real Estate Cadastre

December 28, 2015

Financial Police have arrested 19 persons, including current and former employees in the Agency for Real Estate Cadastre (AREC), owner of a private surveying company in Skopje and individuals who illegally acquired real estate property. The Financial Police proceeded upon a report by the AREC’s internal control department, which detected illegal activities in numerous cases […]

Croatia: USKOK says there’s no evidence of political trade-offs

December 28, 2015

The anti-corruption agency USKOK said on Tuesday that an investigation had not turned up any evidence of possible unlawful influence on some members of Parliament to have them support any of the political camps elected to the national parliament in the November 8 parliamentary election. USKOK had instructed the police to investigate possible threats and […]

Serbia arrests 80 in anti-corruption sweep, including ex-minister

December 28, 2015

Serbian police arrested 80 people including a former minister on graft charges on Saturday, stepping up an anti-corruption drive days after opening talks on joining the European Union. In the biggest sweep of its kind in the country in decades, the former head of the anti-corruption agency, executives of state-owned companies, two ex-government officials and […]

Serbian Judge’s Removal ‘Threatens Judicial Independence’

December 24, 2015

The removal of judge Vladimir Vucinic from Belgrade’s Special Court was a political move aimed at curbing judicial independence and will set back an important case against interior ministry officers, experts alleged. The decision last month to remove judge Vucinic from the special chambers of the Higher Court, which deal with organised crime, corruption and […]

Trials Await Serbia’s New Organised Crime Prosecutor

December 23, 2015

Over the next six years, Serbia’s newly-elected organized crime prosecutor will be watched closely to see if he can show his independence and tackle the country’s most high-profile cases. The Serbian Special Court | Photo: Beta The new Serbian organized crime prosecutor Mladen Nenadic not only faces a tough job dealing with his caseload, but […]


B&H: Sarajevo Clinics Hiring Without Procedures

December 22, 2015

A former director of the Public Institution Clinics of Sarajevo Canton hired friends and the relatives of colleagues for years without authorization. Sarajevo Canton Public Clinic hired nearly 600 people over four years without following any set procedure. Director Slobodan Trninić paid the salaries for their unapproved positions by diverting money from a budget line […]

Bulgaria amends its constitution; the government survives judicial corruption scandal

December 17, 2015

On Wednesday, December 16, Bulgaria adopted constitutional amendments that will allow for a “comprehensive” reform of the justice system. In theory, these amendments should reinforce the independence of the judiciary and empower the office of the prosecutor general. This was the third reading of the constitutional amendments.  At the second reading, the text initially proposed […]

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