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Crime Bribery

  • CURITIBA, Brazil, May 10- Embattled former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appeared in a federal court on Wednesday and gave a five-hour deposition, his first direct testimony before a crusading, anti-corruption judge on graft charges that he dismisses as a political witch hunt. Lula is accused of receiving a beach apartment in return for helping...

  • CURITIBA, Brazil, May 10- Embattled Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appeared in a federal court on Wednesday to give his first direct testimony before a crusading, anti-corruption judge on graft charges he dismisses as a political witch hunt. His court appearance before Judge Sergio Moro, who has spearheaded Brazil's biggest-ever corruption...

  • BOGOTA, May 10- Colombia's attorney general has charged the former chief executive officer of investment holding company Corficolombiana with bribery in a construction deal with Brazil's Odebrecht SA. A hearing for Jose Elias Melo was set for July 5, the attorney general's office said in a statement late on Tuesday. Corficolombiana participated in the...

  • CURITIBA, Brazil May 10- Thousands of supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gathered on Wednesday in the southern city of Curitiba hours before he was to appear before a crusading, anti-corruption judge on graft charges he dismisses as a political witch hunt. His testimony before Judge Sergio Moro, who has spearheaded Brazil's...

  • BUENOS AIRES, May 9- Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht said it presented a leniency deal offer to Argentine judges on Tuesday as it seeks to settle investigations of its use of bribes to help secure lucrative contracts across Latin America. In that settlement, Odebrecht admitted to bribing officials in 12 countries, including $35 million in Argentina...

  • BUENOS AIRES, May 9- Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht said it presented a leniency deal offer to Argentine judges on Tuesday as it seeks to settle investigations of its use of bribes to help secure lucrative contracts across Latin America. In that settlement, Odebrecht admitted to bribing officials in 12 countries, including $35 million in Argentina...

  • BUENOS AIRES, May 9- Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht said it presented a leniency deal offer to Argentine judges on Tuesday as it seeks to settle investigations of its use of bribes to help secure lucrative contracts across Latin America. In that settlement, Odebrecht admitted to bribing officials in 12 countries, including $35 million in Argentina...

  • BUENOS AIRES, May 9- Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht said it presented a leniency deal offer to Argentine judges on Tuesday as it seeks to settle investigations of its use of bribes to help secure lucrative contracts across Latin America. In that settlement, Odebrecht admitted to bribing officials in 12 countries, including $35 million in Argentina...

  • Brasilia, May 5- Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had "complete knowledge" of the massive political kickback scheme that centered on contracts at state-run oil firm Petrobras, a former top executive testified on Friday. Former Petrobras engineering and services director Renato Duque, testifying in the first of five corruption trials Lula...

  • May 3- Fallout from a series of corruption probes involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht S.A. is slowing down infrastructure development and creating negative spillovers across Latin America, Moody's Investor Service said on Wednesday in a report. Odebrecht is at the heart of Brazil's bribery and kickback probe, known as Lava Jato or Car Wash, which...

  • LONDON, May 2- The UK division of German logistics and freight company Bertling and five people have been charged with conspiracy to pay or accept bribes in a UK Serious Fraud Office inquiry into a North Sea oil exploration project. The SFO alleged on Tuesday that Robert McNally, Georgina Ayres, Giuseppe Morreale, Stephen Emler and F.H. Bertling Ltd conspired...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 2- Brazilian prosecutors on Tuesday said they leveled new corruption charges against a one-time chief of staff for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is already serving long jail sentences on prior graft convictions. Prosecutors accused Jose Dirceu of taking 2.4 million reais in bribes from two engineering firms- UTC...

  • BRASILIA, April 28- Brazilian Supreme Court justice Gilmar Mendes ordered the release from jail of former mining and oil magnate Eike Batista, once the country's richest man, ahead of his trial on corruption charges, the court said on Friday. He is expected to stand trial along with an ex- Rio de Janeiro governor who allegedly took millions in bribes from the former...

  • LONDON, April 28- Libya's $67 billion sovereign wealth fund will go head-to-head with Societe Generale in London's High Court on Tuesday over claims the French investment bank paid $58.5 million in bribes to secure business from the fund. The Libyan Investment Authority is pursuing SocGen in relation to five trades totalling $2.1 billion, executed between...

  • MADRID, April 20- A Spanish High Court graft inquiry that has led to the arrests of people linked to the ruling People's Party widened on Thursday as police searched the offices of construction group OHL and technology firm Indra. Mariano Rajoy is not accused of any wrongdoing, but the investigation is an embarrassment for the Spanish Prime Minister who has...

  • SAO PAULO, April 19- A judge in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday approved terms of a $184 million fine on Odebrecht SA, which sought a plea deal after admitting to bribing officials to win contracts in the country. The accord is the first of about 10 that Odebrecht wants to settle across Latin America and Africa. Odebrecht admitted to bribing officials in 12...

  • Former President Park

    Byoung-Joo Kim of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies explains how public opinion has influenced the corruption trial and could impact Park's sentencing.

  • Prosecutors indicted Park on 18 charges, including bribery and abuse of power, for her role in a corruption scandal, reports Chery Kang from Seoul.

  • SEOUL, April 17- South Korean prosecutors on Monday charged ousted president Park Geun-hye and Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong- bin with bribery in the latest twist to a corruption scandal that rocked the country for months. Lotte, South Korea's fifth-biggest conglomerate, is grappling with the Chinese shutdown of dozens of its stores in China, after it agreed to...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 13- A former senior executive of Brazilian engineering company Odebrecht SA has accused President Michel Temer of presiding over a meeting to solicit a $40 million illegal payment in 2010, according to video testimony released on Tuesday. Prosecutors have said Temer cannot be investigated for offenses committed before he assumed the...