fbpx

corruption

Lava Jato is getting scary in Colombia

By Mark A. Bonta / November 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Lava Jato is getting scary in Colombia

Colombia’s part of the Odebrecht scandal is getting messier — and scarier. Colombia is one of at least 12 countries entangled in the tentacles of a massive corruption scandal, which originated with Brazilian multinationals that systematically bribed foreign-government officials to secure fat construction contracts and other favors. The construction firm Odebrecht is the most well-known […]

> Read More

Lava Jato: The scandal that swallowed a continent

By Mark A. Bonta / November 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Lava Jato: The scandal that swallowed a continent

It is the single biggest corruption scandal that has ever come to light in Latin America, and possibly anywhere in modern times, bringing down presidents and captains of industry alike. From Brazil, its many tentacles stretched across the world, engulfing governments and societies in bribery, graft and political influence without discrimination for the left or […]

> Read More

Mexico’s odor of Odebrecht

By Mark A. Bonta / November 10, 2018 / Comments Off on Mexico’s odor of Odebrecht

Mexico has been criticized for dragging its feet on investigating the influence of the pan-American Lava Jato scandal. But the delays may soon come to an end, with several lawmakers insisting that President-elect Andre Manuel Lopez Obrador re-open the state’s investigation into the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, and its systemic bribery and influence-peddling campaigns in […]

> Read More

Confusion and recrimination over ‘missing billions’ in Liberia

By Heather Bourbeau / October 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Confusion and recrimination over ‘missing billions’ in Liberia

Liberian President George Weah may remove Finance, Planning and Development Minister Samuel Tweh over his handling of a recent investigation into millions of dollars that may have gone missing. Nearly 16 billion newly minted Liberian dollars (about US$100 million) are alleged to have vanished from Roberts International Airport and the Port of Monrovia prior to […]

> Read More

“The worst governor in history”

By Mark A. Bonta / September 29, 2018 / Comments Off on “The worst governor in history”

Javier Duarte, who was just sentenced to nine years in prison, is a household name in Mexico, symbolizing the dark side of elected democracy and the downfall of the once all-powerful PRI party. Duarte was elected governor of Veracruz in 2010 as a golden boy of sorts — young, charismatic, and full of promises to […]

> Read More

Oil giants wait on graft trial

By Heather Bourbeau / September 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Oil giants wait on graft trial

Two men have been sentenced to four years for corruption over a Nigerian oil field deal, in a ruling that has implications for a parallel case against two major oil corporations. Emeka Obi, a Nigerian, and Gianluca Di Nardo, an Italian, were convicted in Italy of international corruption for their involvement in a controversial $1.3 […]

> Read More