Americas

Ex-UN General Assembly president charged in bribery scheme. Former UN Ambassador for Antigua and Barbuda and President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) John Ashe and five others were charged by the US government in connection with a multi-year scheme to pay more than USD 1.3m in bribes to Ashe. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon requested that the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) launch an audit of UN dealings with two organizations associated with the charged individuals.

Bristol-Myers Squibb settles FCPA charges. Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to pay more than USD 14m to settle charges that its joint venture in China made cash payments and provided other benefits to healthcare providers at state-controlled hospitals in exchange for prescription sales.

Brazil’s Lower House speaker implicated in Petrobras probe holds money in secret Swiss accounts. Switzerland-based bank Julius Baer informed Swiss authorities that Brazil’s Lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha and his family members own accounts worth USD 2.4m.

Petrobras probe traced USD 48.9m worth of bribes. Four criminal proceedings related to the Petrobras corruption probe confirmed bribery payments of BRL 200.6m (USD 48.9m) to the oil company’s departments.

Police say UTC donations to Rousseff’s campaign related to Petrobras contracts. Text messages exchanged between UTC Engenharia owner Ricardo Pessoa and executive Walmir Pinheiro Santana in July 2014 suggest the company’s donations to Brazilian President Rousseff's reelection campaign were connected to amounts received by UTC from contracts with Petrobras.

Petrobras loss from Lava Jato may reach USD 5.17bn. Petrobras may have suffered a total loss of more than BRL 20bn (USD 5.17bn) from corrupt practices such as money laundering and overpriced projects investigated in the case known as Lava Jato.

Ex-Siemens Argentina CFO pleads guilty in DoJ FCPA probe. The former CFO of Siemens S.A. – Argentina pleaded guilty to conspiring to pay tens of millions of dollars in bribes to Argentine government officials to secure, implement and enforce a USD 1bn contract to create national identity cards.

Peru Congress approves new commission to investigate corruption cases. The Peruvian Congress approved the creation of a new special commission to investigate potential corruption cases in the country related to Brazilian corruption scandal Lava Jato.

Asia

Fukuoka High Court cuts jail time for former Minamishimabara mayor. The High Court in the Japanese city of Fukuoka reduced a lower court’s sentence of four years' jail time to three years and seven months for former Minamishimabara mayor Yoneyuki Fujiwara over aggravated bribery and violations of the Act for the Prevention of Collusive Bidding at the Initiative of Government Officials.

Thai NACC probes alleged bribery and Australian connection in gold mining concessions. Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will launch a probe into alleged bribery and a possible Australian connection relating to gold mining concessions in the three provinces of Pichit, Phitsanulok and Petchabun.

Four Chinese drugmakers banned from Hainan market for commercial bribery. Four pharmaceutical companies in China’s Hainan province were blacklisted by the provincial Health and Family Planning Commission (HFPC) and banned from the local market for commercial bribery.

Indonesian graft-buster questions two Pertamina executives in Innospec bribery case. Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) grilled two executives from state-owned fossil fuels giant Pertamina in relation to an ongoing investigation of the Innospec bribery case.

Indonesian prosecutor accuses Hutama Karya executive of bribing officials. Indonesian prosecutor Dzakiyul Fitri accused state-owned construction firm Hutama Karya's former general manager, Budi Rachmat Kurniawan, of bribing transportation ministry officials to win a contract to build a seamanship training hall in Sorong in 2011.

Thai CDC chairman considers new anti-graft body to tackle corruption. Thailand's Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) chairman Meechai Ruchupan considered the possibility of establishing a new graft-prevention agency and will consult with state agencies on measures to tackle rampant corruption.

Europe

SBM close to leniency agreement with Brazil government. Netherlands-based SBM is close to signing a leniency agreement with Brazil’s anti-bribery agency CGU in which the European company has agreed to pay BRL 1bn (USD 254.6m) in compensation to the Brazilian federal government.

Switzerland to share new data with Brazil related to Petrobras probe. Switzerland’s Prosecutor’s Office is expected to share information with Brazil on more than one hundred frozen accounts related to the Petrobras corruption probe.

Africa

World Bank to investigate Hitachi corruption allegations. The World Bank has agreed to investigate corruption allegations involving Hitachi Ltd. and South Africa’s ruling party over building contracts.