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Venezuela’s former chief prosecutor accused of corruption

August 18, 2017

Venezuela’s new chief prosecutor, President Nicolas Maduro’s former human rights ombudsman Tarek Saab, has outlined corruption accusations against his predecessor Luisa Ortega Diaz her husband. The pair and other members of Ortega’s former staff of lawyers are accused of running a so-called “extortion gang” and funnelling funds to an offshore bank account in the Bahamas. […]

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Romania: Wanted Romanian investor, detained in London

August 17, 2017

Powerful Romanian investor Gabriel Popoviciu, who was sentenced to seven years in prison earlier this month in a fraud and corruption case, was detained in London on Monday, August 14. The businessman was included on the internationally wanted list after the Bucharest Court of Appeal issued a European arrest warrant on his name. Officers of the […]

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Kosovo*: Journalist Attacked In Kosovo* Links Beating To His Work

August 17, 2017

An investigative journalist in Kosovo* says he was assaulted in the capital, Pristina, in an attack he believes is related to his efforts to expose high-level corruption. Parim Olluri, the editor of the online newspaper Insajderi (Insider), told RFE/RL that he was beaten by three people in an attack near his home on August 16. […]

Moldova: Former Straseni commissar, detained by the NAC after claiming 13,500 euros

August 17, 2017

The former head of the Straseni Police Inspectorate was detained by NAC (National Anticorruption Committee) officers and anti-corruption prosecutors for passive corruption. He would have claimed 3,500 euros, and later another 10,000 euros, from a woman whose husband was investigated for hooliganism, assuring her that he could help him escape prosecution. According to the NAC, […]

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Albania: CISD Asks Prosecutor’s Office to Vet 100 Magistrates

August 17, 2017

After the High Inspectorate of Declaration and Audit of Assets (HIDAA), even the Classified Information Security Directorate (CISD) has started its work for scanning information on the heads of the justice system who will be the first to go through the filter of vetting. A list with over 100 names has been sent to the […]

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Moldova: Deputy Director of Center for Forensic Medicine, imprisoned for 25 days

August 16, 2017

The current deputy director of the Center for Forensic Medicine (CML), Andrei Padure, investigated on charges of acting ultra vires, has been placed under preventive arrest for 25 days. The decision was taken on Friday, August 11, by the magistrates of the Buiucani District Court of Chisinau. The decision to apply the measure of arrest […]

Bulgaria: MEP Under Fire for Targeting Journalists

August 16, 2017

MEP Nikolai Barekov, a former TV presenter, has been strongly criticised for accusing a media freedom organisation of corruption and reporting journalists to the public prosecutor for alleged bribe-taking. Bulgarian MEP Nikolai Barekov has come under fire for lashing out at several journalists, reporting them to the prosecutor’s office for alleged tax evasion and accusing […]

Israel detains billionaire in major corruption probe

August 15, 2017

Police have taken Beny Steinmetz, one of Israel’s richest men, into custody in connection to an international money laundering scheme. Authorities also captured an adviser to the Austrian premier. Israeli police on Monday detained five suspects as part of a wide-ranging money laundering investigation that targeted a renowned billionaire and high-profile political adviser. Police said […]

Moldova: Eight customs officers and border guards to be prosecuted for corruption

August 15, 2017

Eight customs inspectors from the Leuseni Customs Point and a staff member of the Border Police Department will be tried for passive corruption for receiving money from bus drivers, who transported passengers across the country to leave unnoticed the violations found in their activities. Prosecutors have completed criminal investigations and referred the case to court. […]

Bulgaria: Socialists Present Specialized Anti-corruption Agency Bill

August 15, 2017

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) presented its bill for a specialized anti-corruption agency, which will be able to act on its own initiative and check politicians’ declarations and alerts, said here on Monday Deputy Chair of BSP’s Parliamentary Group Kroum Zarkov. When the alert is signed, the person who had submitted it will be eligible […]