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Peru seeks extradition of ex-president in Odebrecht case

May. 25, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru says it's formally asking U.S. officials to send former President Alejandro Toledo home to be tried for a massive corruption scheme. The Foreign Ministry said Friday that it's delivered extradition papers to the U.S. State Department. Prosecutors accuse the ex-president of taking...

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy on the ropes over party graft case

May. 25, 2018 9:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish opposition parties launched a fierce campaign Friday to end the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy after courts ruled that his Popular Party profited from a large kickbacks-for-contracts scheme. The Socialist opposition announced a vote of no confidence against the prime...

Former Kentucky lawmaker ordered to serve 2 more years

May. 24, 2018 6:06 PM EDT

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a two-year sentence for a former Kentucky lawmaker who is already serving seven years in a separate case. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Pikeville Democratic former state Rep. W. Keith Hall was sentenced Thursday for aggravated identity theft. He must...

Malaysia's ex-leader questioned again in corruption scandal

May. 24, 2018 6:06 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was quizzed for more than six hours Thursday by anti-graft investigators looking into alleged theft and money laundering at a state investment fund he founded that accumulated billions of dollars in debt. Najib smiled and waved to...

Egypt top prosecutor refers 40 to trial on human trafficking

May. 23, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's chief prosecutor has referred 40 people to trial on charges of forming a criminal network for human trafficking and migrant smuggling. Prosecutor Nabil Sadek said Wednesday in a statement the suspects face an array of additional charges including bribery, forging official documents,...

Australian lawmaker accuses billionaire in UN bribe scandal

May. 23, 2018 7:46 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A government lawmaker has accused a China-born Australian billionaire who generously donates to Australian political parties of conspiring to bribe a top United Nations official, threatening to further inflame diplomatic tensions between Australia and China. Lawmaker Andrew...

Hunter accused of giving bribes for African elephant kill

May. 22, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have indicted the owner of a South African hunting company, accusing him of bribing Zimbabwean officials while guiding a Colorado tourist and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant that the group illegally killed inside a national park imported to the United States....

Former Malaysian leader Najib grilled by anti-graft agency

May. 22, 2018 6:44 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was grilled for more than four hours Tuesday over a corruption scandal that could lead to criminal charges against him, while the country's new anti-graft chief said investigations into the case were suppressed by intimidation during...

Ex-Indiana sheriff's official pleads guilty to lying to FBI

May. 21, 2018 4:20 PM EDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A former Lake County Sheriff's Department official has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during a public corruption investigation that led to the conviction of former Sheriff John Buncich. The Post-Tribune reports that former Deputy Chief Dan Murchek appeared Monday in U.S....

Macedonia's prime minister cleared on bribery charge

May. 21, 2018 10:02 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A criminal court in Skopje has cleared Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on bribery charges dating back to when he was mayor of the southern town of Strumica. The case erupted in 2015 when a video emerged allegedly showing Zaev demanding a bribe of around 160,000 euros...