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09.09.2018 - 12:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Corruption Probes Will Take ‚Months‘ to Complete, Prosecutor Says

(4.9.2018) The Tel Aviv district attorney for economic and tax crimes said Tuesday that it will take “months” before investigations are completed on corruption cases involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Liat Ben Ari Shwekey said the investigations could not be speeded up at the expense of the truth.

04.09.2018 - 07:20 [ Times of Israel ]

AG decries attacks on media, in veiled criticism of Netanyahu

Speaking at a conference organized by Hadashot TV news, Mandelblit said, “A free press is an essential component of a democratic society and it is of utmost importance to protect and guard it.”

He added that the role of the media was similar to that of the police and law enforcement.

25.08.2018 - 12:49 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

More Ops, More Secrets, More Money: Mossad’s Supercharged Transformation

Technological developments are obliging espionage agencies to adopt diverse methods of operation: not only to dispatch agents to enemy countries and to recruit local sources for intelligence, but also to dupe people into serving as agents without their knowledge, to use mercenaries and to rely on new capabilities, such as cyberattacks. To avoid biometric identification, as well as to evade security cameras, espionage organizations are being compelled to make increasing use of unwitting local agents.

25.08.2018 - 12:37 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Netanyahu: media corruption case is dead in the water

(17.8.2018) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was questioned in his home today (Friday) by police investigators, regarding an alleged tit-for-tat between himself and media mogul Shaul Alovich, who served as Communications Ministry Director under Netanyahu.

Netanyahu is now convinced that the case – known as Case 4000 – „has collapsed for good,“ according to sources close to him.

25.08.2018 - 12:33 [ Haaretz ]

$162K in Confiscated Jewelry Returned to Telecom Tycoon Embroiled in Netanyahu Corruption Scandal

(5.8.2018) Supreme Court Justice Isaac Amit on Sunday ordered police to return jewelry worth 600,000 shekels ($162,200) to Shaul and Iris Elovitch because it was seized without a court order.

The jewels were confiscated during the investigation of Case 4000 (the Bezeq bribery case). Amit said that taking the jewelry without a court order was illegal, thereby overturning rulings by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s and District courts, and contrary to the state’s position.

25.07.2018 - 14:53 [ Yonhap ]

Probe team raids military unit over martial law allegations

The probe team is seeking to verify who directed the DSC to devise the martial law plans and if the unit really had an intention to put them into action.

The unclassified version of the DSC document included steps to hold sway over media, parliament and the spy agency under martial law. These steps were heavily criticized as a potential threat to the country’s democracy.

17.07.2018 - 12:21 [ teleSUR ]

Recordings Reveal Rampant Corruption: Peru Judiciary

President Vizcarra said the recordings revealed „not only the enormous degree of immorality with which those called upon to impart justice act, but also the existence of mechanisms and vices that pervert the administration of justice and that must be eradicated.“

28.06.2018 - 10:05 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s AG Says He Won’t Delay Netanyahu Probe Even if Elections Called

The attorney general also said there’s a feeling that the Knesset is trying to undermine the law enforcement system. “At times it seems the law enforcement system is standing alone,” he said, pledging to continue with the struggle against corruption.

25.06.2018 - 08:49 [ New Zealand Herald ]

China pyramid-scheme probe: Xiao Hua Gong charged in Canada, NZ police freeze nearly $70m

Nearly $70 million in New Zealand bank accounts has been frozen as part of a global investigation into a wealthy Chinese businessman accused of running a massive pyramid scheme from Canada.

Xiao Hua Gong has built a business empire in Toronto including a hotel chain and television channels, as well as attending fundraisers for Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and donating to the governing Liberal Party.

06.06.2018 - 15:49 [ Bloomberg ]

Wooing Trump Pays Off for Netanyahu as His Popularity Soars

(31.5.2018) Netanyahu’s grip on power is still potentially in jeopardy, and his political successes shouldn’t have a bearing on Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit’s decision whether to indict him in the corruption cases — in theory at least. But it would take an especially aggressive attorney general to indict a popular, sitting prime minister for the first time in Israel’s history, said Eran Vigoda-Gadot, a political science professor at Haifa University.

06.06.2018 - 15:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu: Only the A-G will decide whether to indict me

(7.2.2018) “So don’t worry,” Netanyahu said sarcastically. “There will be recommendations [to indict], and also signs reading ‘Bibi is guilty until proven otherwise,’” he said, criticizing signs that were spotted at the ongoing Saturday night anti-corruption protests in Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit’s neighborhood in Petah Tikva and at Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv.

05.06.2018 - 11:30 [ Shingetsu News Agency ]

How the Finance Ministry Was Corrupted

The document forgery scandal shaking Japanese democracy would not have occurred a decade ago, and it is important to understand how and why the Finance Ministry was so deeply corrupted during the Shinzo Abe era.

The Prime Minister’s Office has been gaining strength vis-a-vis the National Diet and the bureaucracy since the 1990s, which was a movement originally led by Ichiro Ozawa, advanced significantly by Junichiro Koizumi, but really brought into its own in the Abe era.

29.05.2018 - 10:41 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Israeli prosecutor to recommend indicting Netanyahu on corruption

The Israeli Attorney General is expected to recommend indicting Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of receiving bribes, Israel Channel 10 reported.

According to the channel, Nir Hefetz, the Netanyahu family’s former top media adviser has provided new information of great importance in the corruption case known as ‘Case 2000’ which could lead to further arrests.

13.04.2018 - 20:52 [ OddityCentral ]

World’s First AI Mayoral Candidate Promises Fair and Balanced Politics

(12.April) We’ve heard of robots and artificial intelligence taking human jobs, but I bet mayors didn’t really think their jobs would be threatened any time soon. They were wrong, and the AI running for mayor of a Tokyo district is clear proof of that.
Artificial Intelligence can’t legally run for high-ranking public administration positions yet, but one mayoral candidate from Tama City, Tokyo, intends to maximize the use of artificial intelligence in running municipal affairs, so he’s running his campaign as ‘AI Mayor’. Basically, he’s proposing replacing human public officials with AI and having them collect city data and create fair and balanced policies that will benefit everyone.

31.03.2018 - 02:40 [ Techdirt ]

Malaysian Government Pushes ‚Fake News‘ Bill Aimed At Curb-Stomping Reporting About Its Corruption

Back in 2016, the Malaysian government pushed for broad censorship of an already tightly-controlled internet. The basis for this push was the government’s inability to stop Malaysian media from reporting on government corruption. This reporting continued on platforms (and with news agencies) the government didn’t directly control. To shut this down, the government decided to strip immunity from media platforms, making them directly responsible for user content. This allowed the government to control the narrative by going after service providers, rather than those publishing inconvenient facts.