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.“
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.
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.
Suppression orders on Justice Paul Davison’s ruling have been lifted today, following an application by the Herald, which show the judge was satisfied there were „reasonable grounds“ to believe Gong had profited from criminal activity.
(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.
(14.1.2018) Taxation and economics prosecutor Liat Ben Ari and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan must submit their opinions to Mendelblit within a month or two.
(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.
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.
An inquiry found that references to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife were removed from papers relating to a controversial sale of state land.
Taro Aso accepted that the scandal „hurt“ public confidence in the ministry and the government.
(3.5.2018) However, during a preliminary meeting to discuss the proposal, Sara Netanyahu reportedly flew into a rage at her lawyers, saying she would rather go to jail than pay the NIS 200,000 ($55,000) that they estimated she would have to pay.
(16.5.2018) The more Israel’s prime minister escalates tensions, the more his popularity grows.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.
(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.
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.