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  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- A suspended deputy United Nations ambassador from the Dominican Republic cannot claim diplomatic immunity to avoid U.S. charges that he participated in a vast bribery scheme, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday. District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan ruled that as a naturalized U.S. citizen, neither treaty obligations nor federal law entitled...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- A suspended deputy United Nations ambassador from the Dominican Republic cannot claim diplomatic immunity to avoid U.S. charges that he participated in a vast bribery scheme, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday. District Judge Vernon Broderick in Manhattan ruled that as a naturalized U.S. citizen, neither treaty obligations nor federal law entitled...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 1- An overwhelming majority of Brazilians want an investigation into a sprawling kickback scheme at state-controlled oil producer Petrobras to continue despite concern it is hurting the nation's ailing economy, according to a poll released on Monday. That makes Rousseff the most unpopular president since Brazil's return to democracy three...

  • Federal judge Sergio Moro said Jorge Zelada had unduly awarded U.S. company Vantage Drilling a 2009 contract with Petrobras for the drillship Titanium Explorer in exchange for bribes stashed in undeclared accounts in Monaco and Switzerland. Prosecutors said together Zelada and Musa took $31 million in bribes from Padilha and Hsin Chi Su, chief executive of...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 28- Brazil's Petrobras said on Thursday it will cut about one in five management jobs, streamline operations and boost oversight as the state-led oil company adapts to low oil prices and tries to boost confidence after a corruption scandal. Bendine and Petrobras are struggling with a nearly 50 percent decline in the price of oil in the past...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 27- Beach-side apartments in Brazil may have been used as bribes and to launder money for members of the ruling Workers' Party, police and prosecutors said on Wednesday after ordering six arrests and 15 search warrants. The apartments were held in the name of front companies, such as Murray Holdings LLC that was registered by Panama- based Mossack...

  • KIEV, Jan 26- The manager of Danone Nutricia in Ukraine cannot for legal reasons say whether the Ukrainian tax authorities demanded bribes to drop an audit into his business. Though it has been in Ukraine since 2001, the company, a subsidiary of French food group Danone, was handed a 15-20 percent higher tax bill after auditors spent five weeks looking for minor...

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Thursday he is investigating accusations that he and his aides took bribes from a construction company but that he was confident he had not done anything wrong. The publication said an official at an unidentified construction company admitted passing 12 million yen to Amari and his aides who then...

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Thursday he will investigate accusations that he and his aides took bribes from a construction company but that he was confident he had not done anything wrong. The publication said an official at an unnamed construction company admitted passing 12 million yen to Amari and his aides who then...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 20- A federal judge in Brazil authorized President Dilma Rousseff to appear as a witness in an investigation into the use of bribes to influence the passage of legislation, a court spokesman said on Wednesday. Rousseff, who is not under investigation herself, was called by the defense of businessman Eduardo Valadão, along with other politicians,...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- A former official with a Venezuelan state-owned bank on Friday avoided prison time beyond the 16-1/ 2 months she already served after admitting that she accepted millions of dollars in bribes from a Wall Street brokerage to which she steered business. Maria de los Angeles Gonzalez de Hernandez, who was a senior official at Caracas- based Banco de...

  • MIAMI, Jan 14- A judge in Miami on Thursday ordered the transfer to Texas of a Venezuelan businessman accused by U.S. prosecutors of taking part in a $1 billion conspiracy to pay bribes to obtain contracts from Venezuela's state oil company. Magistrate Judge Andrea Simonton deferred to a federal judge in Houston on whether Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas, who has...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 6- Brazil's state-run oil producer Petrobras ended a drill ship contract with rig contractor Ensco Plc because of corruption allegations, Ensco said, as fallout from the country's largest-ever graft investigation spreads. Ensco received a notice from Petrobras on Monday saying the oil company believed the contract was void, Ensco said in a U.S....

  • Jan 6- Rig contractor Ensco Plc said Brazilian oil producer Petrobras has ended a contract for a drillship over allegations of corruption. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, chartered the DS-5 in 2008, when it was owned by Pride International, a company Ensco bought in 2011.. Petrobras said in a notice on Monday that Pride had knowledge that the rig's...

  • Brazil's Lula summoned to testify in bribery case Monday, 4 Jan 2016 | 9:22 PM ET

    BRASILIA, Jan 4- Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was summoned to testify as a witness for a lobbyist accused of paying bribes to alter legislation in favor of businesses, local media reported on Monday. Lula and other former and current officials including Deputy Finance Minister Dyogo de Oliveira will testify on Jan. 25 at the request of the...

  • WASHINGTON/ MEXICO CITY, Dec 30- A U.S. federal judge identified the former president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, as one of several alleged co-conspirators in a bribery scheme that helped SAP to sell millions of dollars in software to Panama, according to a document reviewed by Reuters. The reference to Martinelli as a co-conspirator, which has not been...

  • WASHINGTON/ MEXICO CITY, Dec 30- A U.S. federal judge identified the former president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, as one of several alleged co-conspirators in a bribery scheme that helped SAP to sell millions of dollars in software to Panama, according to a document reviewed by Reuters. The reference to Martinelli as a co-conspirator, which has not been...

  • The details came a day after the U.S. Justice Department confirmed that authorities had arrested Roberto Rincon, a Venezuelan citizen who is president of Texas- based Tradequip Services& Marine. According to an indictment made public on Monday, Rincon and Venezuelan businessman Abraham Jose Shiera Bastidas conspired to pay bribes to officials to secure...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 17- Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday charged 12 people with a bribery scheme involving Dutch firm SBM Offshore NV, the world's top leaser of oil production ships, and state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. Former Petrobras executives Pedro Barusco, Jorge Zelada and Renato Duque were charged with corruption, along with former SBM...

  • More than 30 of the country's top construction and engineering companies, including Odebrecht SA, Queiroz Galvão, OAS, and Galvão Engenharia SA are on a government blacklist for involvement in price-fixing, bribery and political kickbacks at oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, and other state-run firms. Legislation permitting so-called...