OVER 10,000 OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATED FOR CORRUPTION BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH 2014

Between January and March 2014, more than 10,000 Chinese officials were placed under investigation for corruption, according to a report of China's Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP). Xu Jinhui, director of the SPP's anti-bribery and corruption department, said the procuratorates have strengthened their efforts in investigating cases, and were now more efficient.  He added that they will further strengthen their efforts against corruption, focusing on bribe taking and pursuing stolen money and escaped suspects.  They will also strengthen law enforcement standards by strictly implementing audio and video recording during interrogations.

CHINA MAY TRY TO EXTRADITE CORRUPT OFFICALS FROM THE U.S.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. indicated that China's government may push for extradition of corrupt officials from the United States.  According to a list compiled by Beijing, there are more than 1,000 corrupt Chinese officials who have successfully sought refuge in the United States. However, there is no existing extradition treaty between these countries.

CHINA FOCUS ON CORRUPTION IN THE ARMY

China has taken action in order to fight the corruption which exists in the People's Liberation Army. At least 18 inspection teams have been set up to conduct an anti-corruption investigation. The inspections teams aim to identify those individuals with illicit apartments and vehicles, those who spend public funds on private travel and dining, those who overuse office personnel and those who have extravagant wedding ceremonies and funerals.

FORMER HEAD OF GSK CHINA CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION

Mark Reilly, the former head of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) China's unit, and his two colleagues were reportedly charged with corruption this month. They are accused of involvement in a scheme to bribe doctors, hospitals and officials of the relevant authorities.   

ROCHE'S HANGZHOU OFFICE VISITED BY ANTI-CORRUPTION AUTHORITIES

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which is in charge of commercial corruption, visited pharmaceutical company Roche's Hangzhou office this week.  According to a statement by Roche, the purpose and the details of the visit are not clear.

SENIOR ENERGY OFFICIALS ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CORRUPTION

Wei Pengyuan, a deputy chief of the National Energy Administration's Coal Bureau is under investigation and his movements have been restricted.  It has been reported that more than 100 million RMB was found in Wei's home. 

In addition (i) Xu Yongsheng, a deputy director of China's National Energy Administration; (ii) Hao Weiping, director of the National Energy Administration's Nuclear Power Department; (iii)Wang Jun, the head of the National Energy Administration's renewable energy department; and (iv) Huang Baosheng, the deputy general manager of Power Construction Corporation of China, are all under investigation for corruption.

Further, Zhu Changlin, the assistant general manager of the State Grid Corporation of China, is also under investigation. Zhu used to be the head of the power system in the Chinese province of Sichuan for seven years. Zhu also allegedly has a close relationship with former Sichuan senior officials,  Li Chuncheng and Guo Yongxiang.  Hao Weiping, director of the National Energy Administration's Nuclear Power Department, is under anti-corruption investigation.

TWO EXECUTIVES OF PETROCHINA'S OVERSEAS BUSINESSES UNDER INVESTIGATION

Bo Qiliang, the vice president of PetroChina (who used to be in charge of its overseas business) and Zhang Benquan, the deputy general manager of PetroChina's Iran Branch, are under investigation.

Bo and Zhang allegedly have a close relationship with Zhou Yongkang (an Ex-Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party) and family.

CHINA'S MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND INFORMATION HAS A "ZERO-TOLERANCE" POLICY IN RELATION TO CORRUPTION

The Ministry of Industry and Information (MIIT), China's highest level authority which regulates telecommunications, information technology and the internet,  is required to self-report violations of the Communist Party's discipline and laws (widely accepted to be jargon for corruption). Further, according to a statement of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission, MIIT must adopt a "zero tolerance" policy towards any corrupt staff.  This may indicate that the technology, media and telecommunications industry may be the next target in Xi Jingping's anti-corruption campaign.

TWO OFFICIALS OF CHINA'S TOP ANTI-CORRUPTION AUTHORITY ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION

Cao Lixin, a deputy director of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CCDI), is under investigation. Cao used to be in charge of discipline inspection and supervision in China's Shanxi province.  Further, Ren Weijian, another deputy director of the CCDI, is being investigated for the same reason as Cao. It is believed that Ren's case relates to the case against to Zhou Yongkang.  Several senior officials of CCDI have been sacked since the 18th National Congress.

THAILAND

FORMER PRIME MINISTER INDICTED FOR CORRUPTION

Yingluck, the ousted Prime Minister of Thailand, has been indicted by Thailand's National Anti-corruption Committee for dereliction of duty in relation to the rice subsidy scheme.  Now that Thailand is subject to martial law since the military coup, the future of this case is far from certain.

INDONESIA

RELIGION MINISTER RESIGNS AFTER BEING NAMED AS CORRUPTION SUSPECT

The Religion Minister, Suryadharma Ali, is under investigation for corruption. He was allegedly involved in a corruption case relating to a fund to help Muslim pilgrims go to Mecca. According to the Corruption Eradication Commission's statement, the amount of the suspicious transactions totals approximately $20 million dollars. Ali was required to submit a resignation letter by the President.

INDIA

THE CENTRAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION CAN NOW INVESTIGATE HIGH LEVEL OFFICIALS FOR CORRUPTION WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION

A single directive provision which barred the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from investigating corruption by high level officials without prior permission has been repealed by the Supreme Court of India. The court held that the provision is invalid and unconstitutional. It therefore permits the CBI to initiate anti-corruption investigations against senior officials without prior permission.

CANADIAN BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED FOR BRIBERY TO AIR INDIA

A Canadian businessman received a three-year prison sentence from the Ontario court for arranging for bribes to be paid in order to secure business for Air India.  Nazir Karigar attempted to give bribes to officials in India in order to win a $100 million software contract from Air India but failed.

LAOS

LAOS' STATE OFFICIALS REQUIRED TO DECLARE THEIR ASSETS

According to a statement of Government Inspection Organization (GIO), an asset declaration regime will be initiated in June to fight against corruption.  It will be applied to all levels of officials and the employees of state owned enterprises.

VIETNAM

VIETNAM PROMISES TO TAKE MORE ACTION AGAINST CORRUPTION

In a speech to the National Convention, Nguyen Phu Trong, the General Secretary of Vietnam's Party, promised that more action would be taken against corruption. Mr Trong outlined five important steps which need to be accomplished including (i) education and awareness campaigns to assist in combating corruption; and (ii) ensuring closer cooperation between anti-corruption agencies in order to deal with corrupt activities, especially in larger and more complex cases.

FOUR RAILWAY OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND A JAPANESE COMPANY BANNED FROM BIDDING FOR THREE YEARS

Four officials of the state-owned Vietnam Railways Corporation (VRC) have been detained by police. Tran Quoc Dong, a deputy general director of the VRC, Pham Quang Duy and Pham Hai Bang, deputy directors of the Railway Project Management Unit and Nguyen Nam Thai, the head of VRC's Project office.  They are allegedly involved in a bribery case in which the Japan Transportation Consultants Inc. (JTC) allegedly paid US$782,640in bribes to win a development assistance project. JTC has also banned from bidding on overseas projects that are funded by Japanese aids for three years.

TAIWAN

DEPUTY CHIEF OF TAOYUAN COUNTY DETAINED FOR TAKING BRIBES

Yeh Shih-Wen, a deputy chief of Taoyuan County was dismissed and detained for allegedly taking bribes from one of Taiwan's biggest real estate tycoons. Yeh is suspected of allegedly taking more than US$600,000 in bribes from Farglory Group in order to help the Company to win a housing project in Taoyuan.  The chairman of Farglory Group, Chao Teng-hsiung, was released on bail.

PAKISTAN

FORMER PRIME MINISTER ARRESTED FOR CORRUPTION

Non-bailable arrest warrants have been issued by Pakistan's federal anti-corruption court for former Prime Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, and the former Minister for Commerce. They were involved in the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) corruption scandal.