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Friday, 28 July 2017

Former Panama president makes bail appeal to US Supreme Court

Panama's former president, Ricardo Martinelli, has asked the US Supreme Court to reverse a 7 July decision by the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, which denied him bail on the grounds that he poses a flight risk.

Martinelli, who is facing extradition to Panama over allegations that he used public funds to illegally spy on political opponents, filed an emergency petition with the US Supreme Court on 27 July stating that the federal court decision denying him bail violates his constitutional rights, according to the Miami Herald.

Martinelli, who was arrested by the US Marshals Service on 12 June following a formal extradition request from Panama in September 2016, denies the allegations.

Ex-World Bank consultant found guilty of corruption scheme

Ex-World Bank consultant Wassim Tappuni has been found guilty of large-scale corruption by a jury at Southwark Crown Court in London.

The jury, which returned the verdict on 25 July, found Tappuni guilty of entering into corrupt agreements worth £1.7 million with medical equipment suppliers from several countries, including the Netherlands, to help secure contracts worth £43 million. Tappuni previously denied the allegations

In a statement on 26 July, the Crown Prosecution Service said that Tappuni was "consumed by greed". His sentencing is scheduled for 29 September.

Gulnara Karimova arrested in Uzbekistan

The daughter of former Uzbek president Islam Karimov, Gulnara Karimova, has been charged with six counts of corruption and taken into custody following a 2015 conviction for extortion and embezzlement, according to local news reports on 28 July.

Karimova had been under house arrest in Uzbekistan since 2014 after local prosecutors accused her of misappropriating US$200 million.

The fresh charges in Uzbekistan come after Swiss authorities reportedly questioned Karimova in January over allegations she accepted US$800 million in bribes from telecoms companies.

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