Corruption charges

Brazil's Lula convicted of corruption

The judge ruled he could remain free pending an appeal.

The case stemmed from charges Mr da Silva, who was president from 2003 to 2010, and his wife illegally received more than $1.1 million from a construction company.

Lula has rejected claims that he received an apartment as a bribe in a corruption scandal linked to state oil company Petrobras.

He has said the trial was politically motivated and has strongly denied any wrongdoing.

The case is the first of five charges against him.

Running again?

Brazil president charged with corruption

He is accused of receiving money from the boss of a giant meatpacking firm implicated in a corruption scandal. Mr Temer denies any wrongdoing.

The charges have been delivered to a Supreme Court judge who must now decide if the case can be sent to the lower house of parliament.

The lower house would then vote on whether President Temer can be tried.

Mr Temer has vowed to prove his innocence. He has faced a slew of accusations since taking office last year but these are the first formal charges against him.

Solomons official faces corruption charges

Edmond Sikua's arrest came after police accused him of awarding Government tenders worth over 630,000 Solomon Islands dollars ($630,436.50) or $US80,000, to Beeds Investment, a company registered and owned by his two daughters.

Mr Sikua appeared in the Honiara Magistrate's Court this week on seven counts of official corruption and was released on a bail of 2,000 Solomon Islands dollars or $US 256, with strict conditions.

Solomon Star reports Mr Sikua was first appointed permanent secretary in 2012.

New Judge to be allocated for Wobiro trial

Lawyers representing Governor Wobiro and his co-accused, Western Provincial Administrator, Dr Modowa Gumoi and the Chief of Fly Care Foundation Inc. Norman Carl May returned before the Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika today.

The matter returned for mention after the trial for the fraud and corruption-related allegations against Wobiro was vacated or deferred to another date early this month.

Venezuela frees 2nd prominent opponent in just over 24 hours

A military tribunal granted retired Gen. Raul Baduel parole after he completed six years of a nearly eight-year sentence on corruption charges, his lawyer Omar Tosta told The Associated Press.

A short video of Baduel embracing loved ones was tweeted by his daughter after he was discharged from a prison where he's been held alongside Venezuela's most-recognized jailed opponent, Leopoldo Lopez.

Former Chinese president's top aide to face corruption trial

The ruling by the Communist Party's Politburo came seven months after Ling Jihua was placed under internal investigation for disciplinary violations.

The fall of Ling, whose former position is comparable to the U.S. president's chief of staff, has come amid a stern anti-corruption campaign by Hu's successor Xi Jinping. The campaign is seen by many as a means to not only restore public confidence in the ruling party, but also to root out threats to Xi's political dominance.

Trinidad judge adjourns extradition hearing for Warner

Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Ceasar set a new hearing date of July 27. Defense lawyer Nyree Alfonso said Thursday's hearing was adjourned until then because U.S. authorities have yet to send charges and a formal extradition request to Trinidad.

A grinning Warner emerged from the Port-of-Spain courthouse surrounded by supporters. He declined to answer reporters' questions before being whisked away in a car.

Minister under legal cloud seeks judicial review

Kondra was recommended for dismissal from office by members of the Leadership Tribunal in May.

The recommendation came after the tribunal unanimously found him guilty of six counts of misconduct in office on April 27 for misapplying K85,276.

He was found guilty of applying DSIP funds to pay for his office rental in Kiunga, to pay for his family accommodation in Port Moresby and settling a personal debt from the 2007, before his election into office.