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Corruption Watch releases Annual Report for 2023 examining South African corruption trends

Examines South African corruption trends during the most recent year, as well as developments in anti-corruption policy and enforcement.

NED publishes Fighting Kleptocracy in an era of Geopolitics

The report analyses how geopolitical considerations impact the international fight against kleptocracy and why the two issues are interconnected. The anti-kleptocracy agenda has been shaped by geopolitical concerns across three spheres of foreign policy: great power confrontation with Russia; the superpower challenge from China; and the competition for influence in the Global South…

GFI publishes fact sheet on compliance and gaps in beneficial ownership in the mining sector in Kenya

Provides an in-depth analysis of the mining sector in Kenya and the key AML risks emanating from it, with specific reference to beneficial ownership.

Anti-Corruption Commission confronts Guatemala’s ‘Continuum of Impunity’

Palomo takes charge following years of backsliding on corruption that has seen state-embedded corruption networks cynically dismantle the country’s justice system and plunder state coffers, targeting ministries dealing with infrastructure, public health, and education. Prosecutors linked to corruption networks…

SEC charges 17 individuals in $300m crypto asset Ponzi scheme targeting the Latino community

Scheme targeted more than 40,000 predominantly Latino investors in the U.S. and two other countries. The complaint follows the SEC’s successful emergency action in September 2022 that halted the CryptoFX scheme and charged its two main principals, Mauricio Chavez and Giorgio Benvenuto.

TI Switzerland publishes research on incidence of foreign corruption among Swiss companies

The online survey of 539 Swiss companies operating abroad, spanning various sizes and sectors, revealed that 52% face demands for under-the-table payments. Of these, 63% admit making such payments, according to the survey.  More than half of Swiss companies are confronted with claims…

GRECO publishes its Fourth Evaluation Round Interim Compliance Report on Liechtenstein, dealing with corruption prevention in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors

GRECO acknowledges the significant efforts made by the authorities to implement the outstanding recommendations. Specific criteria to
assess the requirement of personal integrity for becoming a public prosecutor have been developed and explanatory comments to complement the Code of Conduct for prosecutors have been made public…

US Treasury sanctions Zimbabwe’s President and key actors for corruption and serious human rights abuse

OFAC designated 11 individuals, including Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and three entities for their involvement in corruption or serious human rights abuse pursuant to E.O. 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act…

US DoJ finds commodity trading company Gunvor guilty to bribe Ecuadorean officials to win business and orders to pay over $600M in criminal penalties 

The charge arises out of a scheme to bribe officials of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Petroecuador, the Ecuadorian state-owned oil company, in order to obtain contracts to purchase oil products. The proceeding was held before US District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano. As part of the company’s sentence, Gunvor was ordered to pay a criminal penalty of approximately $661 million.


Transparency International surveys open data for political integrity in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Underscores how open data can be used to uphold political integrity in the Western Balkans and Türkiye, focusing on three key areas: political financing, law-making and resource allocation

Basel Institute publishes key takeaways from the first Asia-Pacific Anti-Corruption Collective Action Forum

The Forum provided a platform to share good practices in multi-stakeholder approaches for strengthening business integrity in the region. The primary goal was to build mutual trust between stakeholders, which is necessary for Collective Action. It aimed to establish a regional community of practice that can assist companies in enhancing their compliance frameworks and addressing specific corruption…

OCCRP reports on case being brought against fruit exporter, Del Monte, by Kenyans

Covers the disappearance and deaths of four people over the Christmas period on Del Monte land, who allegedly has been there to steal pineapples.