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Korean Air chief / China generals expelled / Indonesia seizes bribes

Korean Air chief indicted on embezzlement, other charges: prosecutors.  Korean Air Lines Chairman Cho Yang-ho was indicted on Monday on charges including embezzlement and breach of trust, South Korean prosecutors said, adding to a string of woes at the country’s biggest airline group.Heekyong Yang/Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-korean-air-probe/korean-air-chief-indicted-on-embezzlement-other-charges-prosecutors-idUSKCN1MP0GSChina expels two top former generals from Communist Party for corruption.  China expelled two disgraced former generals, Fang Fenghui and Zhang Yang from the Communist Party for corruption – the latter posthumously - saying the pair’s disloyalty and greed had damaged the military, according to the state media. Philip Wen/Reuters:https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-corruption-military/china-expels-two-top-former-generals-from-communist-party-for-corruption-idUSKCN1MQ1HC$90k worth of Singapore currency seized in Indonesia's latest corrupt…

Thai disability funds / Yangon funds probe / Sri Lanka amendment demands

Kalasin woman a victim of corruption in fund for disabled people.  Ratree Khamuntha, 66, was among many victims of alleged irregularities in the project for people with disability in Kalasin, Thailand whereby people were told to open bank accounts and place their ATM cards and bank books under the care of the project staff in exchange for Bt2,000-Bt4,000 in monthly allowance, not knowing there we entitled to Bt9,125 (USD280)Jakkapong Rawiwan/The Nation:http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30356416Anti-Corruption Commission to Review Complaint Calling for Investigation of Losses of Public Funds.  The findings of the auditor general’s report on the Yangon government’s budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year—submitted to the parliament in September—has not only stoked heated discussions among lawmakers in the parliament, but also attracted much public attention to the huge loss of public funds, including through the leasing of state land and buildings to private companies at…

Sri Lanka single bill / China ex-Interpol case / Pakistan-China-UAE anti-laundering agreement

Single legal instrument to combat corruption.  The Sectoral Oversight Committee on Legal Affairs (anti-corruption) and Media has agreed to consolidate all laws relating to bribery and corruption, and to formulate a comprehensive single piece of legislation that will encompass all offenses and standards according to the UNCAC, hopefully by early next year.Anurangi Singh/Sunday Observer: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/10/14/news/single-legal-instrument-combat-corruptionChina’s detention of ex-Interpol chief highlights the arrogance of its anti-corruption investigators (Opinion).  “Chinese officials may believe their domestic considerations trump international concerns, but the universally negative international reaction to the way Meng’s detention was handled and announced has sounded another warning to China as it trumpets its aspirations to be a responsible world power.”Wang Xiangwei/South China Morning Post: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2168364/chinas-d…

Indonesia reporting reward / Defense sector governance / North Korea cellphone bribery

Indonesia offers up to Rp 200 million for reporting graft.  The new regulation, issued by the Law and Human Rights Ministry, stipulates that informants who provide tips to the authorities regarding possible graft will be awarded with an official certificate and paid up to Rp 200 million (US$13,137).The Nation:http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30356176Toward Global Standards for Defense Sector Governance (Blog).  “TI is launching an initiative to formulate, formalize, and promote a set of global principles that underpin responsible, accountable governance of military power—principles that would embrace the idea that the military must be accountable to the people and that would, if followed, improve domestic governance of the defense sector.”Amira El-Sayed/The Global Anticorruption Blog: https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2018/10/04/guest-post-is-an-international-anti-corruption-court-a-dream-or-a-distraction/North Korean Crackdown on Cellphone Use Causes Spik…

Open contracting cities / India anonymous complaints / Pakistan corruption cases

Super-power procurement: four ways open contracting is making cities smart (Opinion).  “We have seen that integrating open contracting into larger city change processes can save money and time, deliver better goods and services, engage more and more diverse vendors or flag political linkages and corruption risks.”Kathrin Frauscher and Coby Jones/Apolitical:https://apolitical.co/solution_article/super-power-procurement-four-ways-open-contracting-is-making-cities-smart/Don't Act On Anonymous Corruption Complaints, Government Departments Told.  India’s Personnel Ministry said no action is required to be taken on anonymous and pseudonymous complaints, irrespective of the nature of the allegation and that such complaints need to be simply filed – while the Central Vigilance Commission also issued similar instructions.NDTV: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/no-action-needed-on-anonymous-corruption-complaints-centre-to-departments-1930127‘Corrupt’ but never convicted (Opinion).  “Th…

Pacific Anti-Corruption Updates (13 November 2018): Cook Islands, Fiji, PNG, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Niue

COOK ISLANDS:Law officers conference starts today.  The three-day event kicks off today and the attending law officers, who are the prosecutors and legal advisers to the governments of 16 Pacific Islands member nations, will hear presentations on a number of different topics.http://cookislandsnews.com/national/local/item/70983-law-officers-conference-starts-today/70983-law-officers-conference-starts-todayFIJI: Former PWD duo jailed on corruption charges.  Two former employees of the then-Public Works Department (PWD) have been sentenced by the High Court in Suva.https://www.fijitimes.com/former-pwd-duo-jailed-on-corruption-charges/PAPUA NEW GUINEA:PNG anti-corruption commission compromised – activist.  An activist in Papua New Guinea is accusing the government of establishing an interim Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to investigate political opponents.https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/368340/png-anti-corruption-commission-compromised-activist

Thai immigration bribery / ADB-OECD partnership / Chinese foreign bribery

Thai officials removed for taking 'tips' from Chinese tourists.  “Four immigration officials at a busy Bangkok airport have been demoted after a probe found they were taking bribes from Chinese tourists to fast-track their visa applications.”Channel NewsAsia: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-officials-removed-for-taking-tips-from-chinese-tourists-10808532ADB, OECD sign agreement to deepen partnership for Asia-Pacific.  ADB said the agreement covers the period 2019-2023 and commits the two organizations to work together to promote policy dialogue, results management, knowledge sharing, and mutual learning, including on anti-corruption, tax policy and administration, macroeconomic policy, and data collection and analyses.Xinhua:http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-10/10/c_137523319.htmUS Prosecutors: China Corruption Case Grows Stronger.  Left largely unnoticed in the U.S., the corruption case against Patrick Ho, a former Hong Kong official fighting foreign …