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Bad News for Malaysia's Ex-PM in First Trial

Najib Razak found guilty on all counts

(Newser) - A Malaysian court pronounced former Prime Minister Najib Razak guilty Tuesday in his first corruption trial over the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB investment fund, the AP reports. The ruling came five months after a new government took power with Najib’s Malay party the biggest bloc in the alliance.... More »

Netanyahu: This Case Is 'Fabricated'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu goes on trial

(Newser) - Israel's prime minister arrived in a Jerusalem court Sunday and denounced the corruption case against him—along with officials, journalists, and police he claims fabricated the evidence, the Times of Israel reports. "Elements in the police and State Attorney’s Office banded together with left-wing journalists ... to fabricate... More »

This Political Protest Includes Social Distancing

Thousands of people oppose the new unity-government deal in Israel

(Newser) - Several thousand Israelis rallied Saturday to demonstrate against a unity government deal reached last week that leaves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in power as he prepares to go on trial for corruption charges, the AP reports. The protesters oppose having Netanyahu as prime minister as long as he is a... More »

Ecuador's Ex-President Sentenced to 8 Years

Rafael Correa, 19 others guilty of corruption

(Newser) - Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa moved to Belgium after leaving office in 2017—and a court judgment Tuesday makes it unlikely that he will soon return to his homeland, let alone return to politics. A court found Correa, first elected in 2007, guilty of corruption and sentenced him to eight... More »

DEA Agent Hit With 19 Counts in 'Black Eye' to Agency

Jose Irizarry and his wife were arrested Friday

(Newser) - A once-standout US federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and Tiffany jewelry has been arrested on charges of conspiring to launder money with the same Colombian drug cartel he was supposed to be fighting, the AP reports. Jose Irizarry and his wife were arrested Friday at... More »

Blagojevich Returns Home a Free Man

He's 'profoundly grateful to President Trump'

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. The president said the punishment imposed on the Chicago Democrat and one-time contestant on Trump's reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice was excessive. "That... More »

Ex-Sudan Leader Sentenced to 2 Years in Rehab

Omar al-Bashir is convicted of money laundering, corruption

(Newser) - A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a rehabilitation facility. That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who's also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of... More »

In Israel, an Unwanted First for Netanyahu

He's charged with corruption, the first sitting prime minister to face criminal charges

(Newser) - Israel’s attorney general on Thursday formally charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of corruption cases, throwing the country’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening the longtime leader's grip on power, per the AP . Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit charged Netanyahu with fraud, breach of... More »

What Hunter Biden Really Did

His work at a Ukrainian natural-gas company was 'socially acceptable corruption,' says the Atlantic

(Newser) - Just what did Joe Biden's son do in Ukraine? Reporters are revisiting the question as Democrats continue their impeachment probe of President Trump. After all, Trump is accused of pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating Hunter Biden's activities there. In what the Atlantic wryly calls "socially... More »

S. Korean Pols Are Miffed. They're Revving Up the Razors

It's a protest against newly appointed justice minister hit with corruption allegations

(Newser) - Some people take to the streets with placards and T-shirts to protest. In South Korea, they shave their heads. Conservative opposition leader Hwang Kyo-ahn is the latest big name to go bald, allowing himself to be shorn Monday evening outside the presidential palace to demonstrate against the newly appointed justice... More »

Missing Teacher Found Buried Under School Track

His son says it's all about official corruption

(Newser) - A teacher missing for over 16 years has finally turned up—buried right out in the schoolyard, the BBC reports. Police in China say they've found the remains of Deng Shiping under the track of a school sports facility he wouldn't approve because he thought it was poorly... More »

Ex-Cop Talks About Busting the Cop Who Trained Her

Shannon Spalding appears on the show 'Whistleblower'

(Newser) - Shannon Spalding says she was faced with a grueling task: taking down a fellow cop who had once trained her. But after becoming an undercover Chicago narcotics officer in 2006, she saw the damage being done. "People would say … 'I can't believe you're going to... More »

Attorney: Baltimore Mayor Not 'Lucid' Enough to Resign

Gov. Hogan urges Catherine Pugh to step down

(Newser) - Embattled Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is too ill to decide whether to heed calls for her resignation, her attorney says. The Democrat, who has been on paid leave since April 1, now has bronchitis as well as pneumonia and isn't "lucid" enough to make the decision, attorney Steve... More »

With Cops Closing In, Former Peru President Kills Himself

Alan Garcia was facing arrest on corruption charges

(Newser) - Former Peruvian President Alan García is dead after shooting himself in the head as police came to detain him amid allegations he received illegal payment from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, reports the AP . García is said to have retreated to his bedroom and shot himself in the head... More »

Israel's AG Delivers Huge Blow to Netanyahu

Recommends indicting the prime minister on bribery and other charges

(Newser) - Israel's attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that will shake up Israel's election campaign and could spell the end of the prime minister's political career. Attorney General Avichai... More »

Chicago Mayor: This Town Really Needs to Change

Rahm Emanuel puts forth a proposal

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing far-reaching ethics reforms for the City Council in the wake of a federal attempted-extortion charge filed this month against a powerful alderman, the AP reports. A Sunday statement from the mayor's office doesn't mention Ed Burke directly. But several suggested changes directly... More »

Ex-McKinsey Exec Held by Saudis Has Been Beaten: Report

Was Hani Khoja swept up in crackdown due to corruption or as political purge by crown prince?

(Newser) - Hani Khoja abruptly stopped posting to social media in the fall of 2017, with one of his last Instagram posts showing him at a Yankees game with his kids. The Wall Street Journal is now reporting on what apparently happened to the Saudi entrepreneur and former executive at US consulting... More »

Young Mayor's Alleged Dark Past Is Haunting Him

But Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia denies all charges

(Newser) - Elected at age 23, arrested three years later: That's the latest on Jasiel Correia, the youngest-ever mayor of Fall River, Mass., and alleged defrauder of investors in a tech startup, the Boston Globe reports. Before turning mayor in 2015, Correia allegedly spent $231,000 in investors' money on everything... More »

South Korea Ex-President Gets 15-Year Sentence

Lee Myung-bak found guilty on corruption charges

(Newser) - A South Korean court has sentenced former President Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in prison over a slew of corruption charges. The Seoul Central District Court issued the sentence on Friday after convicting Lee of bribery, embezzlement, and other charges, the AP reports. Lee, who has denied most of the... More »

Inmates Freed Thanks to Allegedly Crooked Deputy

Zachary Wester is accused of planting meth on unsuspecting drivers

(Newser) - A former Florida deputy was allegedly so corrupt that dozens of people arrested by him are going free, the Tallahassee Democrat reports. Zachary Wester, a Jackson County deputy from 2016 to 2018, reportedly planted methamphetamine on unaware drivers during needless traffic stops—and that's how it appeared to at... More »

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