London-listed surveying firm, Sweett Group, has ordered a fresh investigation into bribery allegations after uncovering evidence suggesting deception during the period 2009-2011 by one or more former employees. Following an initial independent investigation in January, Sweet Group is now working with the Serious Fraud Office and the Department of Justice.
Telegraph, 2 April 2014
Spanish anti-corruption police in Andalusia are investigating massive corruption centred on the misuse of funds from EU member states, received between 2007 and 2013, after discovering local officials siphoned off £1.5 billion worth of funds destined for retraining schemes for the unemployed which never took place. The secret police investigation has been dubbed Operation Edu.
Telegraph, 18 April 2014
Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has been found guilty of two counts of bribery after accepting 560,000 shekels (£96,480) in bribes whilst he was mayor of Jerusalem. Olmert's second corruption conviction relates to the building of the large Holyland residential complex in South Jerusalem in the 1990s, which required changes to zoning laws that prosecutors alleged were secured by paying bribes to city officials.
The Times, 1 April 2014
CVM, Brazil's market regulators, have accused Eike Batista of insider trading, claiming, in a 41-page concluding report of their investigation, that the tycoon hid problems at OGX, his now-bankrupt oil company, from investors for 10 months and used Twitter to manipulate the company's share price. Batista has denied the claims.
Financial Times, 13 April 2014