S. Korea to pardon former leader Lee for corruption
28 December 2022 | 5:16 pm
Former President Lee Myung-bak was sentenced to a 17-year jail term but served less than three years of his sentence. Lee was a top Hyundai executive before entering politics.
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Former Italian MEP Pier Antonio Panzeri agreed to cooperate with Belgian prosecutors, in exchange for a more lenient sentence. He reportedly received money from Morocco to promote its interests in the EU parliament.
Ukraine's deputy defense minister, responsible for supplies to troops, has resigned citing "media accusations" of corruption. Other government figures have also quit or been fired.
Tunisia is holding a second round of parliamentary elections this weekend. Voter turnout in the first round hit a record low, a reflection of a broader apathy. And yet, the election of President Kais Saied in 2019 had raised many hopes, notably in the fight against corruption. At the Rades port near Tunis, officials are trying to modernise the facilities and restore the image of the capital's port, which for years has been considered a hotbed for graft.
Transcripts of interviews with one of the main suspects, former EU lawmaker Pier Antonio Panzeri, have shed light on the inner workings of the graft scandal linked to the Gulf State.
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A Ugandan court charged a minister from northeastern Karamoja region with several corruption offences last week.
Anti-corruption authorities in Ukraine say they have detained the head of the country's top court as part of an investigation. However, they say they are yet to formally designate him as a suspect.
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A former government minister is investigated for corruption in Ghana. The inquiry comes after Cecilia Abena Dapaah reported her housekeeper for stealing a large sum of money, but prosecutors want to know where the money came from. Also in this edition: at least 30 people have been killed by a building collapse in Cameroon.
Aung San Suu Kyi has been detained since Myanmar's democratically elected government was overthrown in a 2021 military coup. The junta has said the partial pardon will shave 6 years off a 33-year sentence.
The pardon granted to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi will cut her sentence by six years, but the junta still intends to keep her locked up for decades. Regime opponents dismiss the move as a "political trick."
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