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.
December 23, 2001 |
President Hugo Chavez has fired the commander in chief of Venezuela's army, Defense Minister Jose Vicente Rangel said. Gen. Victor Cruz Weffer has been accused of pocketing public funds while overseeing a $113-million social development program called Plan Bolivar 2000. He denies the charges. Rangel refused to say why Cruz Weffer was fired. He said the general was replaced by Gen. Efrain Vazquez Velazco, who had been inspector general of the armed forces.
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.
June 23, 1987 |
A former Cook County judge, under investigation in the Justice Department's five-year-long inquiry into corruption in Chicago's courts, fatally shot himself Monday, police said, just days before he was reportedly to be indicted by a federal grand jury. Allen F. Rosin, 55, who was repeatedly named as a recipient of bribes in courtroom testimony over the last two years, was found dead in a tanning booth of a downtown Chicago health club by employees who heard a shot fired. Police recovered a .