CHINA

FORMER VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL MILITARY COMMISSION OUSTED FROM COMMUNIST PARTY

General Xu Caihou has been accused of offenses including (i) personally accepting bribes and accepting bribes through family members totalling US$6.4 million; and (ii) using his position to assist the promotion of others. General Xu was the former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission and was a member of the Communist Party's 25-member Politburo. He is the highest ranking Chinese military figure to be publicly accused of corruption in at least 35 years. It was reported that the Communist Party leadership commented that "the party will not harbour corrupt members nor will the armed forces".

FORMER DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF HAINAN PROVINCE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CORRUPTION

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced that Tan Li was being probed for suspected "serious law and discipline violations". Since 2010, Tan has been the deputy governor of Hainan Province. Prior to this, he was a member of the CPC's Provincial Party Committee in Hainan and minister of the Hainan Propaganda Department. Tan is the second deputy governor of Hainan to be investigated. Ji Wenlin was expelled from the CPC last week.

VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE IS PUT UNDER INVESTIGATION

According to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, Su Rong is being investigated for suspected "serious violations of discipline and law". He is the vice chairman of the CPC's political advisory body which aims to bring non-communist social groups under party control. He is the highest ranking official who still in office to be investigated. Indeed, his last public appearance was only four days before the investigation was announced on 14 June.

TWON SHANXI OFFICIALS DISMISSED FOR SUSPECTED CORRUPTION

Ling Zhengce, vice chairman of the Shanxi provincial committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Du Shanxue, vice governor and member of the standing committee of the CPC Shanxi provincial committee were removed from their posts for suspected serious discipline violations.

GREATER TRANSPARENCY ORDERED IN CORRUPTION CASES

The Supreme People's Procuratorate has ordered that for suspected duty-related violations by provincial-level officials, the public should be informed in a timely manner rather than on a case-by-case basis. The suspect's identities, the suspected crimes, basic facts and the latest developments during the investigation should be published. Further, the top prosecutor said that in some cases pictures and videos would also be released. However, information about "state secrets" or "personal privacy" will not be released.

INDIA

ABC LAID 500 TRAPS THIS YEAR

The Anti-Corruption Bureau of India has laid 566 successful traps this year (up to June 17) and 712 individuals were arrested, including a number of government servants from 33 departments. This was a significant increase on the previous year when from January to June, the ACB executed 261 traps and arrested 332 individuals in various graft cases. Mumbai ranks the lowest in terms of number of traps laid by the ACB.

SOUTH KOREA

ALEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION IN  CONNECTION WITH SOUTH KOREA FERRY

The South Korean ferry disaster which killed 304 passengers has led to 11 officials being accused of corruption and dozens more facing possible legal action. South Korea's Audit and Inspection Board stated that the Regional Port Administration had licensed the ferry even though it had been illegally converted.

SOUTH KOREA TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION IN ALL AREAS

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won stated that his office would set up a private-public committee (to be tentatively named the "Pan-People's Committee for Great National Reform") in order to root out the corruption prevalent in all social areas. Chung said that civilian experts from various social areas (who are members of the Committee) will draw up measures to tackle corruption issues.

INDONESIA

FORMER INDONESIAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT JUDGE JAILED FOR LIFE

The former Chief Justice of Indonesia's Constitutional Court, Akil Mochtar, was sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption and money laundering by the Jakarta Corruption Court. One of the Constitutional Court's functions is to decide on disputes in regional and national elections and Mr. Akil was found guilty of taking around US$5 million in bribes in cases related to regional election disputes.

THAILAND

THAILAND URGE FIVE LISTED STATE ENTERPRISES TO IMPLEMENT ANTI-CORRUPTION COMPLIANCE STANDARDS

Approximately 323 companies including 152 listed firms and a number of global companies operating in Thailand have signed the Collective Action Coalition against Corruption's ("CAC") declaration of intent. In addition, five listed state enterprises namely Krungthai Bank, Airports of Thailand, MCOT, Thai Airways International, and PTT signed the declaration. These five listed state enterprises have been required by the CAC to put their anti-graft commitments into action. All companies who sign the declaration will get the CAC certification if policies and high compliance standards are in place involving self-evaluation, verification by either audit committee or external auditor and quarterly approval by the CAC Council.

PHILIPPINES

THIRD PHILIPPINE SENATOR ARRESTED IN CORRUPTION CASE

Juan Ponce Enrile, the former Philippine senator, surrendered to face a charge of large-scale corruption. He is the third Philippine senator arrested in the corruption case, following Ramon Rvilla Jr and Jinggoy Estrada. Juan Ponce Enrile has been accused of receiving huge kickbacks (totalling approximately US$4 million) from a scam that diverted millions of dollars from anti-poverty and development funds to lawmakers.

SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR JAILED FOR CORRUPTION

Lai Wai Khuen, former assistant director of the Singapore Media Development Authority, was jailed for 14 months as a result of corruptly obtaining loans from grant applicants in return for facilitating MDA grants. He was also ordered to pay a penalty of $18,000.