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Saudi Arabia: Move to name and shame corrupt officials

The Shura council has urged the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) to make public photographs and names of officials found guilty of corruption, and to conduct swift trials, Saudi media have reported. “The Shura agreed that Nazaha must...

Oman: More hefty corruption sentences

Muscat’s Court of First Instance delivered more verdicts on 2 March in the string of corruption cases going through the Oman courts. The former managing director of Galfar Engineering & Contracting, Mohammed Ali, who had already been...

Violence continues ahead of Iraq polls

As Iraq readies itself for elections just six weeks away, there is still no improvement in the security situation. At the time of writing, more than 250 people had been killed in March, according to a tally by the French news agency AFP. On 9...

Turkish firm plays patient game in Oman dispute

An Ankara-based engineering, procurement and construction contractor, which in 2013 filed a dispute against Oman under a bilateral investment treaty and is seeking some $182m in damages, has said it will wait another few weeks to hear from Muscat...

Oil traders embroiled in Libyan crude dispute

An oil tanker which illegally lifted Libyan crude from the As-Sidrah terminal, currently outside government control, may have been heading for the Gulf with the aim of selling its cargo in Fujairah, according to oil market sources. Investigations...

Kuwait consolidates dependence on energy imports

On 4 March, Swiss-registered engineering firm Foster Wheeler announced that it had won the initial design contract for a new onshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and regasification terminal for the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)....

Oman: OOC chief jailed for 23 years

A court sentenced the chief executive of state-owned Oman Oil Company (OOC), Ahmed Al-Wahaibi, to 23 years in jail on 27 February for accepting bribes, abuse of office and money laundering. It was the most severe punishment meted out in a series...

Mohammed Bin Nayef takes a lead role on Syria

Interior minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef (MBN)’s recent high-profile visit to Washington was followed by widespread reports that he has been charged with rescuing the Syria portfolio, and is retuning Saudi policy to better suit Washington. The...

Maliki expected to dominate Iraq’s April election

Iraq’s fast-approaching 30 April general election has so far been overshadowed by the ongoing armed conflict in the western province of Al-Anbar, and a deteriorating security climate nationwide. The instability has cast doubts on whether the...

Corruption rife in Iran’s beautiful game

Iran may have topped its group in qualifying for the fast-approaching 2014 Fifa World Cup but, at home, football remains fraught with allegations of match fixing, favouritism and bribery. In many ways, football in Iran is a microcosm of the...


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