The large-scale population survey on the extent of bribery and four sector-specific integrity surveys of public officials undertaken by UNODC and the Government of Afghanistan in 2011/2012 reveal that the delivery of public services remains severely affected by bribery in Afghanistan and that bribery has a major impact on the country’s economy. In 2012, half of Afghan citizens paid a bribe while requesting a public service and the total cost of bribes paid to public officials amounted to US$ 3.9 billion. This corresponds to an increase of 40 per cent in real terms between 2009 and 2012, while the ratio of bribery cost to GDP remained relatively constant (23 per cent in 2009; 20 per cent in 2012).
If the Lokpal Bill ever gets cleared by the Indian Parliament, episodes of everyday corruption, widely perceived as endemic, may finally start to decline. At the moment, the figures are not encouraging, according to a new study by the Berlin-based anticorruption group Transparency International. The report, “Daily Lives and Corruption,” offers fresh data on bribery in South Asia based on a survey of 7,500 people taken over the past two years. The results are alarming: they suggests that 39% of South Asians who had to deal with public services in the previous year admitted to paying a bribe.
It’s been whispered about for years, but now the government’s anti-corruption squad says it has proof that organized crime has infiltrated the construction industry and influenced political parties. The report by former Montreal police chief Jacques Duchesneau and Quebec’s anti-corruption squad and obtained by Radio-Canada and La Presse comes after a year-and-a-half-long investigation. The UPAC (Unité permanente anticorruption) report, which does not name any firms or individuals, found that prices are regularly hiked by engineering consulting companies and that contractors regularly overrun their costs.
A high-ranking Department of Defense employee was charged Thursday with taking a bribe at an international conference in Atlanta to steer lucrative federal contracts for work in Afghanistan to a contractor. Desi Deandre Wade, the department’s Chief of Fire and Emergency Services in Afghanistan, was arrested Wednesday at the Fire-Rescue International Conference in downtown Atlanta after he took $95,000 in cash from a contractor, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. “While he was supposed to be working to support our troops, he was lining his pockets,” she said. Wade’s attorney Allison Dawson said at an initial hearing Thursday that her client, a military veteran, intended to plead not guilty.
U.S. House of Representatives Report: Warlords Provide Security for U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan
Security for the U.S. Supply Chain Is Principally Provided by Warlords. The principal private security subcontractors on the HNT contract are warlords, strongmen, commanders, and militia leaders who compete with the Afghan central government for power and authority. Providing “protection” services for the U.S. supply chain empowers these warlords with money, legitimacy, and a raison d’etre for their private armies. Although many of these warlords nominally operate under private security companies licensed by the Afghan Ministry of Interior, they thrive in a vacuum of government authority and their interests are in fundamental conflict with U.S. aims to build a strong Afghan government.
A 466-page summary of a more than 25,000-page report compiled by the Indian government’s Karnataka Lokayukta or People’s Commissioner who investigated years of illegal activities in the Indian mining sector, including widespread corruption, bribery and the exportation of illicit iron ore worth more than $3 billion. The report has met with widespread controversy due to its singling out of a number of prominent billionaires in the Indian mining industry.
Paying bribes has become a way of life for many ordinary Syrians – and with the economy expanding fast, there are fears that the scope for corruption is growing too. It should be a simple process: obtaining the necessary paperwork to renovate your house. Yet at the government property registry office, where piles of aged yellow papers are stacked in corners, one man told me he had spent six months on the task. “I come here twice a week,” he said. Why the delay? “I don’t pay bribes. Maybe that’s why it hasn’t been completed. Because other people want money.”
Halliburton Co. said Tuesday it settled bribery charges with the Nigerian government and agreed to pay a $32.5 million fine, contradicting reports from last week quoting government officials saying the company would pay $250 million. A company spokeswoman said she had no comment beyond the announcement, and Corruption Currents could not reach the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which negotiated the settlement. However, one possible explanation came from Fred Enochs, a partner at Washington, D.C.-based consultancy TD International, who told Dow Jones Newswires that there may have been political implications at play with the Nigerian government due to looming elections. In a trial, the names of officials receiving the payments could have been revealed.
U.S. diplomats accused Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s government of taking bribes from drug traffickers in exchange for freeing suspects, in cables released by Wikileaks. The bribes formed a kind of “judicial ‘campaign finance’ machine” in return for not-guilty verdicts, according to a May 5, 2006, cable from the U.S. Embassy in Manangua, Nicaragua. It says the ruling Sandinista party regularly accepted cash from drug traffickers, “usually in return for ordering Sandinista judges to allow traffickers caught by the police and military to go free.” The scheme, the cable said, was run by the director of the state security service and overseen by Supreme Court judges, including Rafael Solis and Roger Camillo Arguello. The Nicaraguan Consulate in Washington declined to comment, deferring to the Foreign Ministry, which didn’t respond to a request for comment. Government representatives in Managua couldn’t be reached. The State Department didn’t respond to a request for comment on the cable.
World’s Largest Oilfield Services Company Schlumberger Under Investigation for Bribing Yemeni Officials
New documents emerged in the investigation into possible foreign bribery at Schlumberger Ltd., the world’s largest oil-services company. The documents, which were seen and reported on by the Wall Street Journal, showed that company employees raised concerns in 2008 about payments for cars the company rented from Yemeni government officials at above-market rates, and about contracts signed with a company the employees knew had ties to the Yemeni President. The company is already under investigation for possibly violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bans the bribing of foreign officials in order to obtain or retain business. That investigation is focused on contract payments made several years ago to a consulting firm headed by a nephew of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. At the time of the payments, Schlumberger was seeking to create an oil-exploration databank for the country.
BAE Systems was on Friday night preparing to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay one of the biggest ever fines over alleged corporate bribery after striking a deal to end transatlantic corruption probes that have entangled it for years. The deal will cost the group almost $450m (£288m) – the bulk of it in the US – but should prevent it from being barred from government defence contracts in the US and elsewhere that underpin its business. The deal – in Britain’s biggest and most politically contentious corporate corruption case– immediately sparked debate over whether BAE had got off lightly after eight years of investigation in London and Washington.
Welcome to Iraq and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). OIF is a dynamic, full spectrum operation encompassing both kinetic and non-kinetic operations and is arguably the most complex and challenging fiscal environment in our Nation’s history. The dollar amounts spent supporting OIF are substantial and represent the treasure of our nation. Leaders must know what funding resources are available and how to best apply them in order to maximize their use.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he will resign should prosecutors indict him on corruption charges being recommended by police. Lieberman, whose Yisrael Beitenu party is the second- largest in the coalition government, denied the allegations of fraud, bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice while speaking to members of his party in parliament. Yesterday, he said police had waged a 13-year campaign against him.