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South Korea court slashes ex-president's jail term by 10 years

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:28 PM

She now faces a total of 22 years behind bars and she would be in her late 80s by the time her sentence is up

PARK GEUN-HYE. In this file photo, South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye (C) arrives for questioning on her arrest warrant at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on March 30, 2017. File photo by Ahn Young-joon/Pool/AFP

Malaysia ex-PM Najib's 1st 1MDB trial nears end

Jun 01, 2020 - 6:51 PM

Najib Razak's lawyers argue the 66-year-old is ignorant of the transactions into his accounts from a former unit of 1MDB, SRC International, and is a victim of others who masterminded the fraud

FIRST 1MDB TRIAL. In this file photo, Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court for his trial over 1MDB corruption allegations in Kuala Lumpur on April 15, 2019. File photo by STR/AFP

South Korea prosecutors demand 35-year jail term for ex-leader Park

May 20, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, is being retried in the High Court on the bribery, abuse of power and spy agency charges

PARK GEUN-HYE. South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-Hye arrives at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul on August 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je

Ex-general Ligot compelled to present evidence in P55-M forfeiture case

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot may have won a tax case over the military 'pabaon' scandal but he has no choice but to proceed to presentation of evidence in a related forfeiture case

FORFEITURE CASE. Retired Lieutenant General Jacinto Ligot fails to get an outright dismissal of his P55M forfeiture case pending before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Peru's Garcia denies corruption claims in suicide note

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:06 AM

'I've seen others paraded in handcuffs and living a miserable existence, but Alan Garcia will not suffer such an injustice or circus,' the late ex-president writes in a note to his six children

MOURNING. Supporters of late Peruvian former President Alan Garcia attend his wake as the coffin with the remains arrive to the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA) party headquarter's in Lima, on April 17, 2019. Photo by Ernesto Benavides / AFP

Ex-general in military corruption scandal cleared in P428M tax case

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals acquits former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot of tax crimes, but says the deficiency assessment of the Bureau of Internal Revenue stands

ACQUITTED. Retired general Jacinto Ligot and wife Erlina are acquitted of 4 counts of tax violation. File photo from Newsbreak

Malaysian in 1MDB scandal denies wrongdoing after U.S. charges

Nov 02, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Low Taek Jho, commonly known as Jho Low, is still at large. His current whereabouts are unknown, although reports have suggested he is in China.

CONTROVERSIAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows a Malaysian woman walking past a billboard with the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) logo at the funds flagship Tun Razak Exchange construction site in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysian financier charged over massive graft scandal

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The move is seen as a key step in trying to get Low Taek Jho, who allegedly played a central role in plundering state fund 1MDB, extradited to Malaysia to face justice

Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of money laundering. He faces up to 15 years in jail for each charge.

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Luxury yacht linked to 1MDB scandal arrives in Malaysia

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Equanimity belongs to Jho Low, an international financier who allegedly played a central role in the 1MDB controversy that has engulfed former prime minister Najib Razak

EQUANIMITY. The Cayman Island-registered vessel Equanimity, which is reportedly worth some US$250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, is pictured at Benoa harbour on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 13, 2018. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Treasure trove seized from ex-Malaysia PM worth up to $273M

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:08 PM

'I think this is the biggest seizure in Malaysian history,' says Amar Singh, the police's head of commercial crime investigations

'BIGGEST SEIZURE.' Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Najib quizzed over scandal, graft fighter reveals threats

May 22, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The ousted leader arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, walking through a scrum of about 100 journalists

SCANDAL. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (3rd R) arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Police search scandal-tainted Malaysian ex-premier's home

May 17, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak's lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal says his client views the search as 'harassment'

SEARCH. Malaysian police enter at the former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Ombudsman indicts ex-immigration execs for plunder

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Wally Sombero, alleged middleman of gambling tycoon Jack Lam, is also indicted for plunder in connection with the Bureau of Immigration corruption scandal

EX-IMMIGRATION OFFICIAL. Former immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino faces the Senate probe into alleged corruption at the Bureau of Immigration in January 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

South Korea to draw line under Park scandal with vote

May 05, 2017 - 12:39 PM

The May 9 vote takes place under the shadow of North Korea’s growing nuclear threat but voter sentiment is squarely focused on inequality and unemployment

BLUE HOUSE. The Blue House's next occupant will also find themselves plunged into high tensions with North Korea and uncertainty over the relationship with key ally and protector the United States. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Samsung heir accused of bribery, perjury as trial opens

Apr 07, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Lee Jae Yong has been charged with paying nearly 40 million to the now impeached president s close friend Choi Soon Sil allegedly as bribes to secure policy favors

TRIAL BEGINS. In this file photo, Lee Jae-Yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives for questioning at the office of a special prosecutor investigating a corruption scandal in Seoul on February 22, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Ousted South Korea leader slammed for defiance

Mar 13, 2017 - 5:06 PM

Thousands of her supporters stage protests in Seoul after the court verdict with violent clashes leaving 3 protesters dead and dozens including police and journalists wounded

South Korea's Park Geun-Hye waits for the arrival of Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at the presidential Blue House on February 26, 2015. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Indonesian ministers implicated in major graft case

Mar 09, 2017 - 8:37 PM

A special anti corruption court begins hearing a case that alleges huge amounts of money were siphoned off funds earmarked for a government project to issue new ID cards to the country s 255 million inhabitants

E-TKP CORRUPTION TRIAL. Indonesian judge Jhon Halasan Butar-butar (C) leads a trial on electronic National ID cards or E-KTP at a corruption court in Jakarta on March 9, 2017. Photo by AFP.

Arrested Samsung heir appears handcuffed for questioning

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Lee Jae Yong is accused of paying nearly 40 million in bribes to a confidante of the impeached president to secure policy favors

HANDCUFFED. Handcuffed and bound with ropes, the heir of electronics giant Samsung appeared for questioning on February 18 over his alleged involvement in the corruption scandal currently engulfing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. Photo by AFP

Samsung heir arrested in corruption probe

Feb 17, 2017 - 8:41 AM

3rd UPDATE His arrest the first for a Samsung chief will send shock waves through the group which is a major part of the South Korean economy

Indonesian Constitutional Court judge detained for graft

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:29 PM

Patrialis Akbar who also used to be Indonesia s justice minister is detained by the anti graft agency for allegedly receiving 160 000 from a meat importer who was seeking to influence a review by the court of a livestock law

CHARGED WITH GRAFT. Patrialis Akbar (R) shakes hands with Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen on October 13, 2010. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

WATCH: 'Cheater, rebel?' Trillanes, Zubiri face off over BI probe

Jan 17, 2017 - 5:07 PM

2nd UPDATE Fellow senators try to separate and pacify Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Antonio Trillanes IV who taunted each other on the Senate floor

'WAR.' Senators try to pacify Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Juan Miguel Zubiri who were caught in a heated word war on the Senate floor. Photo by Jun Aniceta

Duterte sacks 2 immigration deputy commissioners

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:42 AM

Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles are President Rodrigo Duterte s fraternity brothers

'YOUR FIRED.' For the first time, Duterte orders the dismissal of officials he himself appointed. File photo from PPD

South Korea's impeachment crisis: What happens now?

Dec 09, 2016 - 3:53 PM

Here are answers to just some of the questions thrown up by the biggest political crisis in South Korea for a generation

IMPEACHED. A protester reacts after the South Korean parliament's successful impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye as crowds gather outside the National Assembly in Seoul on December 9, 2016. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Brazil president's ally resigns in corruption scandal

Nov 25, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Vieira Lima is the sixth minister to quit Temer s government since May

CORRUPTION SCANDAL. This file photo taken on June 15, 2016 shows then Brazilian acting President Michel Temer (R) and the General Secretary of the Brazilian Presidency Geddel Vieira Lima speaking during a meeting with party leaders of the National Congress at Planalto Palace in Brasilia. File photo by Evaristo Sa/ AFP

Thousands demonstrate against scandal-hit Malaysia PM

Nov 19, 2016 - 1:07 PM

Reformist group Bersih has organized a demonstration demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign and face justice over allegations that billions were looted from his brainchild investment fund 1MDB

PROTESTS. Riot police march during a mass rally organised by Bersih 5.0 calling for Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak's resignation in Kuala Lumpur on November 19, 2016. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Protesters urge scandal-hit South Korea president to quit

Nov 05, 2016 - 11:57 AM

UPDATED Protesters chant slogans and carry banners urging Park to step down the day after she issued a groveling televised apology over the influence peddling affair which has shattered public trust in her leadership

PROTESTS. A group of artists clash with police during an anti-government demonstration calling for the resignation of South Korea's president Park Geun-Hye, in central Seoul on November 4, 2016. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

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Nov 04, 2016 - 12:26 PM

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South Korea president agrees to be quizzed in scandal probe

Nov 04, 2016 - 9:01 AM

UPDATED South Korean President Park Geun Hye says she would not seek to hide behind presidential privilege if required to give testimony

SCANDAL PROBE. This file photo taken on February 26, 2015 shows South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck to fight order to pay $1B

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Such an order has violated my rights and is not fair says ousted Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra

POLITICALLY MOTIVATED? In this file photo, ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (C) joins her hands in a traditional greeting as she arrives at the parliament in Bangkok on November 28, 2012. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Olympics: Athletics nervously enters post-Bolt world

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:59 PM

Usain Bolt has consistently been a beacon for clean athletes amid doping and corruption scandals

LIFE AFTER BOLT. Usain Bolt of Jamaica kisses the finish line after winning the men's 4x100m relay final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/LUKAS COCH

Aide to former Chinese president Hu Jintao jailed for life – media

Jul 04, 2016 - 8:55 PM

Ling Jihua pleads guilty and says he will not appeal Xinhua news agency says

LING JIHUA. A file picture dated March 12, 2013 shows Ling Jihua at the closing of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. File photo by How Hwee Young/EPA

Rousseff called as witness in Brazil corruption case

Jun 12, 2016 - 12:54 AM

In the decision by the investigating judge Sergio Moro Rousseff has been given the choice of either testifying before a judge or responding to questions in writing

WITNESS. The suspended president has been called as a defense witness in the corruption scandal. File photo

Brazilian leader names new CEO of scandal-tainted Petrobras

May 20, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The new boss is Pedro Parente a former government minister and until now chairman of Bunge a big agribusiness and food company

NEW CEO. Brazilian Interim President Michel Temer (L) meets new Petrobras President Pedro Parente (R) at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, May 19, 2016. Photo by Cadu Gomes/EPA

Corruption scandal stokes anger in bitterly divided Brazil

Mar 06, 2016 - 1:12 AM

The scandal has unfolded mostly in courtrooms and lawyers offices but Friday s brief detention of ex president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pushes debate ever further into the volatile setting of the street

PRO-LULA. Supporters of the ruling Worker's Party and former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva demonstrate to show their support in front of Lula's house in Sao Bernardo do Campo, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 5, 2016. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Ombudsman upholds criminal charges vs VP Binay, son

Feb 05, 2016 - 12:48 PM

UPDATED The Office of the Ombudsman junks the appeal of the Binays and 22 Makati officials saying it presented quantum of proof to find probable cause to indict them over the alleged overpriced Makati carpark building

DECISION UPHELD. The Ombudsman says it has jurisdiction to conduct a preliminary investigation on Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Enrile: Too sick for detention, but fit to work?

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The Supreme Court released the aging Senator Enrile on bail for humanitarian reasons but he manages to grill witnesses in two hearings last week

OUT ON BAIL. Does Senator Juan Ponce Enrile deserve to remain a free man after last week's Senate investigations? Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FIFA confirms 5 presidential candidates a month from election

Jan 26, 2016 - 9:46 PM

The election will take place on February 26 in Zurich

Wages of sin return to haunt sports barons

Dec 30, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Bribes doping even more bribes the sky seems to be the limit in the strictly cash underbelly of sports marketing and fixed sporting glory

SCANDALS. The international federations for athletics (IAAF) and football (FIFA) were embroiled in scandals in 2015. File Photos by SEBASTIEN NOGIER (left) and WALTER BIERI/EPA

FIFA used special software to catch Blatter-Platini payment

Dec 22, 2015 - 1:30 PM

The Swiss developed program can analyze thousands of accounts in double quick time and is now being used to track doubtful money transfers in world football

SPECIAL SOFTWARE. FIFA tracked the money transfer between Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini through a special Swiss-developed software. Photo by WALTER BIERI/EPA

Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini vow to fight 8-year bans from FIFA

Dec 22, 2015 - 12:14 PM

Sepp Blatter admits he felt betrayed while Michel Platini says the FIFA decision was a masquerade intended to sully his name

VOW TO FIGHT. Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter, suspended FIFA president, addresses the media to respond to the FIFA ethics committee's verdict. Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini were banned from football for 8 years. Both vow to keep fighting. Photo by PATRICK B. KRAEMER/EPA

Isolated Sepp Blatter devastated by FIFA scandals

Dec 21, 2015 - 5:58 PM

Supremely confident of his own ability Sepp Blatter was for nearly two decades a global force as controller of the world s most watched sporting event the FIFA World Cup

NO MORE FOOTBALL. Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president who was a powerful figure in football for decades, is banned from the sport for 8 years. He is seen here in this file photo taken on March 5, 2010 taking part in a press conference to detail security plans for the 2010 FIFA world cup in South Africa. File Photo by Sebastien Bozon / AFP

FIFA bans Blatter, Platini for 8 years

Dec 21, 2015 - 5:18 PM

UDPATED Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini are immediately banned from all football activity and are fined 50 000 and 80 000 Swiss francs respectively

BANNED. Sepp Blatter (left) and Michel Platini are banned from all football activities for 8 years. File Photos by ENNIO LEANZA and SEBASTIEN NOGIER/EPA

Guatemala's embattled president has not resigned – spokesman

Aug 23, 2015 - 7:55 AM

Guatemalan President Otto Perez is accused of leading a multi million dollar corruption scandal

In this file photo, the President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina is seen during the XLV Summit of State and Government heads of the Central American Integration System in Antigua, Guatemala, 26 June 2015. Photo by ESTEBAN BIB/EPA

Enrile free for now

Aug 20, 2015 - 3:53 PM

UPDATED After more than a year under hospital arrest over the pork barrel scam the 91 year old senator regains temporary liberty after he posts P1 45 M bail

Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

FIFA official charged in Nicaragua

Aug 18, 2015 - 7:13 PM

Nicaraguan Julio Rocha the former head of the Nicaraguan Football Federation has been detained in Switzerland since a raid on a Zurich hotel in May

CHARGED. File picture taken 09 December 2005 shows then president of the Nicaraguan Olympic Commitee, Julio Rocha, during a press conference in La Habana (Cuba). Nicaragua's Soccer Federation President Julio Rocha, current FIFA development office, is among nine football officials indicted on corruption charges. File Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

FIFA official urges Blatter not to go back on quit promise

Jun 15, 2015 - 1:21 PM

I think it is clearly indispensable to follow through with the initiated process of president s change as it has been announced says FIFA official head of audit and compliance unit

STAY RESIGNED. The 79-year-old Swiss Sepp Blatter resigned from his post as FIFA President and is urged not to go back on his word. He will continue in office until a successor is designated, probably by the end of the year. File Photo by Sebastien Bozon / AFP

Football: Blazer says 1998, 2010 Cups tainted

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:46 AM

Meanwhile FIFA staff gave Sepp Blatter a standing ovation even as his resignation fails to quell a corruption storm

TO THE EXIT. FIFA President Sepp Blatter leaves after a press conference at the headquarters of the world's football governing body in Zurich on June 2, 2015. Valeriano di Domenico/AFP

Blatter resignation ends crazy week in football

Jun 03, 2015 - 10:44 AM

Arrests in Zurich last May 27 sparked a raucous week in football s history that ended with football leader Sepp Blatter serenely announcing he will quit

In this file photo, FIFA officials wait in front of the Marriott Hotel on the occasion of a meeting ahead of the FIFA congress, in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Walter Bieri/EPA

Sponsor Coke urges FIFA to 'win back trust' after Blatter

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:59 AM

UPDATED Key global football sponsor Coca Cola urges FIFA to regain public trust after the soccer governing body s president Sepp Blatter resigned under a corruption cloud

THE GAME. A digital ad from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Photo courtesy of