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Chinese rail official gets death sentence in corruption case

A Beijing court on Wednesday sentenced a former railway official to death for corruption, but promised a reprieve after two years of good behavior, state media reported, in the latest graft case to hit China's sprawling rail network.

Wen Qingliang was sacked as head of the rail bureau in the southwestern city of Kunming in 2011 for "discipline" problems, the usual euphemism for corruption in China.

Honduran journalist murdered following reports on corruption

Journalist Nery Francisco Soto Torres was shot to death on the evening of 14 August, in the district of La Conquista, Olanchito municipality, department of Yoro. Soto, 32, was a host and reporter for Canal 23, and a co-producer for the show "Cuarto Poder" on Radio Full FM.

The murder occurred when Soto "was trying to take his motorcycle into his home, when – from a house undergoing construction – unknown individuals shot at him repeatedly," journalist Osmán Guardado told C-Libre. Guardado is Soto's former colleague at "Cuarto Poder" and a member of RAPCOS, an alerts and protection network for journalists and communicators.

South Africa: Corrupt policeman jailed for eight years
South Africa: Corrupt policeman jailed for eight years (photo:

A former police sergeant was jailed for eight years by the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Tuesday for smuggling drugs into a Cape Town police station's cells.

Cornelius Wessels, 50, was commander of the cells at the Cape Town Central police station when he accepted a R100 bribe to give a food parcel with dagga hidden in it to a man in a cell.

Tunisia Hosts Inaugural MENA Anti-Corruption Integrity School
First day of MENA Integrity School (photo:

Tunisian election watchdog organization I Watch and Transparency International inaugurated the first Middle East & North Africa Integrity School Monday in Carthage, a suburb of Tunis.

The school will gather 50 active youths from Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Morocco, and Tunisia for an intensive 5-day anti-corruption training program.

Bahrain official arrested over bribery claims
Bahrain official arrested over bribery claims

A Bahrain official, who allegedly took a bribe of $31,000 (BD12,000) for dropping human trafficking charges against a restaurant, has been arrested, according to a report in Gulf Daily News.

The top government official, who was the director of inspections at the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), was reported to have told a manager at an Indian restaurant that he would drop a legal case if they could pay a bribe of BD12,000.

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