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Italy arrests Siemens, Alstom executives over alleged bribery relating to Milan subway contracts
Siemens headquarters Munich
Siemens headquarters Munich Credit: Siemens

The Italian Finance police arrested 13 people in an investigation about bribery related to Milan subway contracts. Officials of ATM, Milan municipal transport company, and two executives working for Alstom and one for Siemens were detained.

Milan prosecutor Francesco Greco said that Paolo Bellini, manager at ATM, is accused of taking €125,000 related to eight contract tenders worth €150 million.

Regional News • Africa
DR Congo: Vital Kamerhe, President Tshisekedi’s chief of staff, found guilty for corruption
Vital Kamerhe in the Polish Senate
Vital Kamerhe in the Polish Senate Credit: The Chancellery of the Senate of the Republic of Poland / CC BY-SA 3.0 PL (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Chief of staff of the Democratic Republic of Congo Vital Kamerhe was found guilty in $50 million corruption and embezzlement case. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail with forced labour. Kamerhe was also disqualified from voting and holding a public office for ten years and faces financial penalties and confiscations of various assets. Samith Jammal, one of Kamerhe's collaborators, was also jailed.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Rio Janeiro State Governor to face impeachment inquiry
Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel
Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel Credit: Carlos Magno

The Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj) voted today favourably to initiate impeachment proceedings against right-wing Governor Wilson Witzel. Before today's vote the Assembly had 12 distinct impeachment petitions, for the process all of them will be combined.

A few weeks ago Brazilian federal police raided the residences of the Governor, under the allegation Witzel and his wife Helena led a sprawling criminal operation in which her law firm was used to receive payment from a company that won state coronavirus contracts.

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Spanish Supreme Court prosecutors to investigate Juan Carlos over kickback scheme
King Emeritus Juan Carlos I
King Emeritus Juan Carlos I Credit: א (Aleph) (Creative Commons Attribution 2.5)

Spanish Supreme Court prosecutor has opened an investigation into King Emeritus Juan Carlos in connection with a high-speed train contract between Medina and Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement released today, the public prosecutor said: "This investigation focuses, precisely, on establishing or discarding the criminal relevance of deeds that happened after June 2014, when the King Emeritus was no longer protected by inviolability,".

Regional News • Americas • South America
Bolivian health minister arrested for suspected corruption

The police arrested Bolivia's Health Minister Marcelo Navajas in La Paz due to the over-priced purchase of coronavirus ventilators.

Bolivia bought 179 ventilators from a manufacturer in Spain for $27,683 each, costing almost $5 million, a purchase funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, later transpired that the manufacturer was offering ventilators for around half that price - $10,312-$11,941.

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Former U.S. Green Beret and his son arrested over Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan
Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn Credit: Bertel Schmitt (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

On a Japanese extradition warrant, federal marshals arrested Michael and Peter Taylor in Harvard, Massachusetts this Wednesday.

Authorities claim Michael, a 59-year-old former U.S. Army Green Beret, and his son Peter were charged by Japanese authorities with planning and aiding in Carlos Ghosn's escape from Japan in December.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Raid at the town hall in Haan

The contract award procedures for the homes of asylum seekers in the German town Haan in 2018, led the prosecutors to search for evidence in the office accommodation and private home of a former staff member. He is faced with the criminal charge of corruption due to the fact, that he was invited to a holiday trip by one of the security companies which was making a bit for the contract.

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Turkey charges seven people over escape Carlos Ghosn from Japan
Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn charges a Nissan Leaf
Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn charges a Nissan Leaf Credit: Nissan Motor Co. Ltd (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Turkish prosecutors have charged seven people, four pilots, an MNG Jet company official and two flight attendants for their alleged roles in former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan to Turkey and from there to Beirut, Lebanon.

Carlos Ghosn fled Japan in December after claims of financial misconduct, which he denies.

Regional News • Middle East
Israeli Supreme Court rules Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may form government

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may form a new government while under indictment for corruption charges.

The unanimous decision, clears the way for Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz, to proceed with the formation of their emergency government.