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Friday, 18 January 2019

Bolsonaro’s son avoids suspicious payments probe after citing senator-elect status

Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors on 17 January to temporarily suspend an investigation into suspicious payments made by the driver of President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, whose lawyers requested the injunction.

Flávio Bolsonaro asked for the case against him to be dropped on the ground that only the Supreme Court has the power to pursue a case against him because he is a senator-elect. 

Flávio Bolsonaro is under investigation over suspicious payments of approximately $300,000 in his driver Fabrício Queiroz’s account between 2016 and 2017. Both deny wrongdoing but have repeatedly failed to show up to explain the payments to state prosecutors.

Peru establishes new anti-corruption working group

Peru’s government approved on 17 January the creation of a working group that aims to combat corruption within Perú Compras, the country’s public procurement programme, according to Peruvian newspaper La República.

The Working Group of Integrity and Fight against Corruption will be established within the framework of Peru’s national anti-corruption plan. 

The group plans to implement anti-corruption measures and promote ethical culture and transparency among civil servants.

The group also proposes to strengthen monitor compliance and to implement measures to protect whistleblowers. 

Chinese drone firm launches internal investigation into suspected corruption

The world’s largest manufacturer of drones, Chinese firm SZ DJI Technology, announced to the market on 18 January that it has uncovered serious corruption at the company, and is expecting losses of more than $150 million as a result, according to news reports.

The company said it was investigating the wrongdoing, which came to light during quality controls in 2018. The state-run China Securities Journal cited an internal company report on corruption, which said that more than 40 people at SZ DJI Technology had been investigated.

The company said it was cooperating with local authorities.

Mozambique’s ex-finance minister drops bail plan

Mozambique’s former finance minister, Manuel Chang, has abandoned plans to apply for bail as two countries vie for his extradition, according to Reuters.  

Chang requested bail during a hearing on 8 January at Kempton Park Magistrates Court in Johannesburg. 

Chang was detained in South Africa on 29 December under a US-issued international arrest warrant. The US wants him to face charges of money laundering and fraud related to loans guaranteed by the Mozambican government during his tenure at the ministry of finance. Mozambican authorities are also seeking Chang’s extradition over the scandal. 

The South African court has postponed the case until 5 February, when it will decide which extradition request to give precedence to.

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