Mishcon's Culture vs Corruption Diary - July 2014

Posted on 28 July 2014


Bribing public officials

Andy Coulson, the disgraced former editor of the News of the World and David Cameron's communications chief, will face a retrial on two charges of conspiring to bribe public officials after a previous jury failed to reach a verdict on the matters. The former editor and spin-doctor is accused alongside the News of the World's former royal editor, Clive Goodman, of approving a payment to a Buckingham Palace police officer for two royal telephone directories.
Martin Evans and Claire Carter
Telegraph, 30 June 2014


Illegal financing

Venice's mayor, Giorgio Orsoni, has stepped down from his post, having been investigated, along with others, for an alleged slush fund used to bribe officials for the construction of flood defences. Under a plea-deal, he was released from house arrest and accepted a four-month sentence, but denies any misconduct, claiming he was unaware that any donations to his election campaign in 2010 were illegal and that other party officials handled the campaign's finance on his behalf.
Natasha Culzac
Independent, 13 June 2014



Philippines senator, Jinggoy Estrada, the son of former president and current mayor of Manila Joseph Estrada, has surrendered to police after a court ordered his arrest on corruption charges. He is one of three senators to have been indicted this month on charges of receiving huge kickbacks from government development and anti-poverty funds. He has denies wrongdoing.
Times, 24 June 2014

Qatar corruption

The Sunday Times has obtained millions of emails, accounts and other documents that show how Mohamed Bin Hammam, former top Qatari football official, used secret slush funds to buy support for the country's campaign. The report alleges that Mr Bin Hammam made payments of up to $200,000 into accounts controlled by the presidents of 30 African football associations. Both Qatar and Mr Bin Hammam - who is also the former Asian Football Confederation president - have strongly denied claims.
Sonia Elks
Times, 1 June 2014



Amado Boudou, Argentina's Vice President has been charged with bribery following accusations he used shell companies and secret middlemen to gain control of the company that was given contracts to print the Argentine peso. 200,000 pesos (£15,000) has been seized from Boudou, who will remain free while he waits trial in the case along with five other defendants. Boudou denies the accusations.
Tony Bonnici
Times, 28 June 2014