JORDAN HEADS TOWARDS IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL INTEGRITY CHARTER

His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan has urged full implementation of the recommendations listed in the National Integrity Charter.The charter aims to address public concerns while its Executive Plan details a framework of laws to boost national integrity and prevent corruption.                                       

The Executive Plan was endorsed by a national conference held last year, and in December, the King attended a ceremony to launch both documents, where 2,000 officials, community leaders and representatives of various sectors were present.   

FORMER ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER CONVICTED OF BRIBERY

Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been convicted after his involvement in a bribery scandal where money was paid to officials in order to speed up a property development in Jerusalem. Olmert was Mayor at the time the offence was committed. He has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence and fined US$19,000

Olmert had already been convicted under a corruption charge in 2012 and ordered to serve four months community service for granting illegal favours to a long-time friend and business partner.   

SAUDI ARABIA TO NAME CORRUPT OFFICIALS 

The National Anti-Corruption Commission of Saudi Arabia (Nazaha) had been asked by the Shoura Council to publicise photos and details of corrupt officials in the Kingdom. The 150-member council also instructed Nazaha to publish its findings on the state of corruption in the Kingdom, following a number of high profile convictions.