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Walmart pays $283 million to settle longstanding foreign bribery probe

Walmart pays $283 million to settle longstanding foreign bribery probe

June 20, 2019, Just Anti-Corruption

Walmart has settled an eight-year foreign bribery probe regarding conduct in Mexico, Brazil, China and India. The DOJ said the retailer did not voluntarily disclose the misconduct.

US secures guilty verdicts in Haitian bribery trial

US secures guilty verdicts in Haitian bribery trial

June 20, 2019, Just Anti-Corruption

A Boston jury found a former US army colonel and a Madrid-based businessman guilty of conspiring to bribe officials in Haiti.

Swiss parliament amends controversial settlement tool

Swiss parliament amends controversial settlement tool

June 20, 2019, GIR

Swiss lawyers have expressed their disappointment at revisions to the country’s criminal procedure that will make it harder for prosecutors to offer settlements to foreign companies.

FBME Bank wins lawsuit against former investigators

FBME Bank wins lawsuit against former investigators

June 20, 2019, GIR

Two ex-Scotland Yard detectives breached their contract with FBME Bank by reporting “premature and speculative” money laundering allegations to US and Cypriot authorities, a UK court has ruled.

Mobile phones can be Achilles’ heel of investigations

Mobile phones can be Achilles’ heel of investigations

June 20, 2019, GIR

Companies that do not have robust policies on employees’ mobile phones will have a tough time convincing authorities they have proper systems and controls in place, an audience at GIR Live in London heard.

Senator Graham: In Africa, the Chinese are “bribing everybody”

Senator Graham: In Africa, the Chinese are “bribing everybody”

June 19, 2019, Just Anti-Corruption

A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on kleptocracy and money laundering highlighted a Republican focal point: curbing China’s alleged use of bribery to secure business in Africa.

Defence calls Haitian bribery case a “cut and paste job”

Defence calls Haitian bribery case a “cut and paste job”

June 19, 2019, Just Anti-Corruption

During closing arguments at a Boston bribery trial, the defence and prosecution got personal when accusing one another of selectively presenting evidence to the jury.

Swiss AG barred from Fifa investigation

Swiss AG barred from Fifa investigation

June 19, 2019, GIR

A court in Bellinzona has ordered the Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, a prosecutor, and a former chief prosecutor to be recused from the Fifa investigation.

Former US Treasury official calls for simple solution to money laundering problem

Former US Treasury official calls for simple solution to money laundering problem

June 19, 2019, GIR

A former US Treasury acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence says the US’s lack of corporate transparency could be solved with a two-page piece of legislation.

GIR Live: Spotlight on Paris

GIR Live: Spotlight on Paris

June 19, 2019, GIR

As French authorities progress their investigation into World Cup hosting rights by detaining and questioning former Uefa president Michel Platini, leading practitioners are gearing up to discuss major developments in France’s investigations and enforcement landscape at the first-ever GIR Live Paris on 27 June.