January 23, 2001 |
President Abdurrahman Wahid walked out of a graft inquiry by senior lawmakers, saying he would not submit to the investigation because it was unconstitutional and politically motivated. Wahid, facing growing demands to resign, denied any wrongdoing when he reluctantly appeared before the panel, which is investigating his alleged involvement in two corruption scandals.
July 19, 1991 |
The Canadian capital's best-known gadfly has succeeded in forcing authorities to charge a sports minister and 15 prominent police officials and politicians from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's party with graft. Former businessman Glen Kealey battled for three years to have his allegations of corruption in the Progressive Conservative government taken seriously. On Wednesday, after a 17-day hearing, a justice of the peace gave him permission to press charges.
July 25, 2009 |
A Malaysian court acquitted a top tourism official charged with accepting free medical treatment in exchange for possible contracts, news reports said. Mirza Mohammed Taiyab, head of Malaysia's tourism promotion board, has been one of the most senior bureaucrats to face corruption charges in recent years amid pledges by the government to stamp out graft. Few prominent officials have been convicted so far. Mirza pleaded innocent in August last year to a charge of accepting free dental treatment, worth almost $4,200, in 2005 from a company that he allegedly gave contracts to. Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court Judge Zainal Abidin Kamarudin ruled that the prosecution had not proved its case against Mirza, The Star and New Straits Times newspapers reported.
November 28, 1989 |
Criminal charges were filed against a political ally of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos. Eduardo Cojuangco was accused of fronting for Marcos to acquire stock in the Philippines' largest daily newspaper. The charges came just three days after Cojuangco, an estranged cousin of President Corazon Aquino, slipped into Manila, ending four years of exile in the United States. Cojuangco, 54, is charged with the unlawful acquisition of shares of stock in the Bulletin Today publishing company.
March 5, 2000 |
A leader of China's national legislature is under investigation for alleged economic crimes, the government said Saturday. The announcement came a day before the National People's Congress--China's supreme legislative body--was to convene its annual session. Congress Vice Chairman Cheng Kejie was not reelected to the presidium of the legislature this year because he is suspected of having broken the law, legislative spokesman Zeng Jianhui said.
July 27, 2008 |
Before leaving for Chompovon Primary School on the outskirts of the capital, students say, their parents give them 10 to 15 cents of pocket money. That's enough to buy some breakfast cakes and rice -- and pay their teachers a few cents before they walk into class. The fee, a widespread practice in Cambodia's public schools, is a kind of informal toll that students must pay. If they don't, parents say, they risk receiving a lower grade or even being demoted. Here, schoolchildren are taught at an early age what it takes to get ahead.