Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Attorney charged in bribery scheme to stay free until trial

Jul. 2, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A private attorney accused along with four Toledo City Council members of taking part in a bribery and extortion scheme will be allowed to remain free while the case proceeds, a judge has ruled. Federal prosecutors had sought to have Keith Mitchell detained until his trial, arguing that...

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo, Emilio Lozoya, former head of Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex, gives a press conference in Mexico City. Lozoya, who was arrested in February 2020 by Spanish police on an international warrant issued by Mexico, has dropped his extradition fight and agreed to return to Mexico to cooperate in corruption investigations, according to Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Gustavo Martinez Contreras, File)

Mexico's ex-chief of Pemex drops extradition fight

Jun. 30, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The former head of Mexico’s state oil company has dropped his extradition fight and agreed to return to Mexico to cooperate in corruption investigations, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero said Tuesday. Spanish police arrested Emilio Lozoya in the southern city of Malaga in...

4 Toledo City Council members in custody amid bribery probe

Jun. 30, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Four Toledo City Council members and a private attorney were accused Tuesday of taking part in a bribery and extortion scheme that encouraged soliciting and/or accepting cash and other things of value from business owners in exchange for favorable votes on issues before the council,...

Special prosecutor to review actions of Buffalo officers

Jun. 30, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A state judge on Tuesday transferred an investigation of alleged police misconduct in Buffalo to a special prosecutor to avoid a conflict of interest in the district attorney’s office. The actions of two Buffalo police officers are under review after cellphone video showed them...

FILE - In this April 11, 2016, file photo, former FIFA vice president Alfredo Hawit leaves federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Hawit, the former president of soccer’s governing body for North and Central American and the Caribbean, has been sentenced to time served for his role in accepting $1.66 million in bribes in the FIFA scandals and will return to Honduras after 4 1/2 years in the U.S. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Ex-CONCACAF president Alfredo Hawit sentenced to time served

Jun. 29, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former president of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean was sentenced to time served for his role in accepting $1.66 million in bribes in the FIFA scandals and will return to Honduras after 4 1/2 years in the U.S. Alfredo Hawit of Honduras,...

Justices reject appeal from imprisoned Chinese billionaire

Jun. 29, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a Chinese billionaire who was convicted of bribing United Nations officials to buy their support for a proposed U.N. center in Macau that was never built. The justices did not comment, leaving in place the bribery conviction of Ng Lap Seng,...

In this photo taken on Sunday, June 28, 2020, former Israeli Air Force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel poses for a photo in Tel Aviv, Israel. After 32 years in the Israeli Air Force, retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel wasn't looking to politics. But as his prime minister became further enmeshed in corruption, he felt he could no longer stay silent. So, he picked up a sign and took to the streets in an individual act of protest. Now, after his highly-publicized weekend arrest during a peaceful demonstration, he has become the unquestioned leader of the growing grassroots movement demanding that Benjamin Netanyahu step down. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

A quiet Israeli ex-general emerges as new foil to Netanyahu

Jun. 29, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Unlike many of his fellow Israeli generals, Amir Haskel wasn't looking to politics in retirement. After 32 years in the Israeli Air Force, he became a Holocaust researcher and was satisfied with publishing books, leading student delegations to former concentration camps in Poland and...

Protesters against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wave flags and banners outside his residence in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 24, 2020. Hundreds of protesters calling him the

Israeli court releases anti-Netanyahu activist after arrest

Jun. 28, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A court ordered the release of a former Air Force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from jail on Sunday, a day after hundreds of people protested outside the Israeli leader's residence calling for him to be freed. Retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel has been a...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Israeli Chief Aviv Kochavi, wearing face masks attend a graduation ceremony for new pilots in Hatzerim air force base near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, Israel, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, Pool)

Hundreds of Israelis protest in Jerusalem against Netanyahu

Jun. 27, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Israelis protested Saturday evening against Benjamin Netanyahu outside his Jerusalem residence as the Israeli prime minister faces corruption charges. The demonstration was fueled by the detention of seven protesters Friday who held a smaller rally against Netanyahu’s...

Greece mulls damages claim over drugmaker bribe scandal

Jun. 26, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government said Friday that it is planning to seek damages from Swiss drugmaker Novartis following a settlement in the United States over bribery allegations. The settlement worth more than $345 million was announced Thursday by the Securities and Exchange Commission...