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Angola: No investigation of debt deal

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland on 4 February said it had examined a criminal complaint filed by the London-based NGO Corruption Watch and Angola’s Associação Mãos Livres regarding a 1990s debt deal between Angola and Russia,...

Charges filed against SNC-Lavalin

In late January, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police filed criminal charges against two former SNC-Lavalin executives. Former vice-president Stephane Roy was charged with fraud, bribing a foreign public official and contravening a United Nations...

Malawi: Trial under way

The trial of those accused in the ‘cashgate’ corruption affair started in late January with the first three of 70 defendants appearing in court. Some $100m was allegedly stolen from government funds, leading to the suspension of aid to Malawi by...

Wider enforcement of the Bribery Act

UK Serious Fraud Office director David Green has proposed an amendment to the Bribery Act that would expand the law’s coverage and lead to the possible blacklisting of companies. His proposal would widen the Bribery Act’s ‘failure to prevent...

Bechtel former executive charged with fraud

Former senior Bechtel executive Asem Elgawhary has been accused in a Maryland court of taking some $5m in kickbacks from power companies in exchange for preferential treatment on $2bn worth of contracts with an Egyptian electricity company. This...

Mali hopes donor support will boost energy sector

A Malian government delegation met donors at the European Commission in Brussels on 5 February to assess progress made since a conference on 15 May 2013 at which donors pledged €3.25bn ($4.4bn) to finance a recovery plan. Islamist fighters...

Tribal conflicts cut off power in eastern Libya

Since late 2013, a disagreement between the Tebu and Zwai tribes in the region of Sarir, approximately 700km south of Tobruk, has deteriorated into bloodshed. The conflict has damaged the 450MW Sarir power station, one of the largest plants in...

Libyan federalists, prime minister chase dwindling options to lift blockades

Federalists in Cyrenaica are publicly maintaining a hard line in their seven-month stand-off with the central government. Negotiations have stalled, and a sense of crisis pervades every part of Libya’s transitional institutions, but military...

The Bani Fatima: at the centre of power

Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) is the eldest of the Bani Fatima, the six sons of Fatima Bint Mubarak Al-Kitbi, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan’s most prominent wife. It has long been a formidable group, and MBZ’s succession would seem to seal its...

United Arab Emirates: Who will be MBZ’s crown prince?

While Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan is widely assumed to be the next UAE president – only the third in the federation’s brief history – there is slightly more conjecture about who will be next Abu Dhabi crown prince. Most...

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