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Qatar: Bin Hammam banned from football for life

The career in football of Qatar’s Mohammed Bin Hammam, long suspected of corruption, appears to be over. On 17 December, football’s world governing body, Fifa, said Bin Hammam, a Fifa executive committee member and president of the Asian Football...

Status of Russia-Iraq arms deal unclear

There has been considerable confusion over whether Iraq is preparing to buy billions of dollars worth of fighter jets, helicopters and other weapons from Russia. On 10 November, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said that Baghdad had cancelled...

Corruption claims at GPT in Saudi prompt EADS external review

European aerospace and defence group EADS, facing a UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into alleged corruption in Saudi Arabia, has ordered an external review of its compliance policies, saying it expected results by February 2013 and...

Iraq central bank governor faces arrest

Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) governor Sinan Al-Shabibi was suspended on 16 October, and three days later was facing arrest. Warrants for Shabibi and more than a dozen other officials were issued after a probe by the anti-corruption Integrity...

Yemen: DP World contract in doubt

The Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation plans to cancel its contract with Dubai state-owned ports operator DP World and is seeking talks to avoid going to international arbitration, according to Reuters and Yemeni media.

Gulf governments need a big public case to prove anti-corruption drive

Two thirds of business executives in the Middle East believe corruption is widespread, with backhanders, facilitation payments and bribes often used to win contracts, according to an April report by Ernst & Young, the Middle East Fraud,...

Dahdaleh and Hall back in court over Alba fraud case

UK-based metals magnate Victor Dahdaleh and former Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) chief executive Bruce Hall, charged in connection with an alleged scam to defraud Alba, appeared in court in London on 2 March for a procedural hearing.

Yemen’s interim ministers push for renegotiation of Saleh’s deals

Moves by JMP members to renegotiate an Aden port deal with Dubai giant DP World could herald further investigations into deals made by outgoing president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Government plans $500m bond

Zambia’s new government plans to capitalise on its B+ credit rating by issuing a $500m ten-year sovereign bond next year. Presenting the 2012 budget to parliament, finance minister Alexander Chikwanda said the rating from Standard & Poor’s...

Ex-Alba chief held, former oil minister fingered in Bahrain’s Dahdaleh bribery scandal

It is not just Russian billionaires who have been fighting their business battles in UK courts. Saudi magnate Sheikh Mohammed Bin Issa Al-Jaber (MBI) has failed to get success in the latest round of his High Court battle with South Africa’s...

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