Weekly news – 5 October 2018
This week we’ve been taking a look back at what’s been done in the 12 months since the Azerbaijani Laundromat investigations exposed a $2.9 billion slush fund and money-laundering scheme designed to buy influence and prestige in Europe for President Ilham Aliyev’s authoritarian regime.
At the heart of the scandal was the Council of Europe, an organisation dedicated to protecting human rights and upholding the rule of law in Europe. Investigative journalists identified several delegates of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council (PACE) among the ultimate recipients of the laundered money.
While PACE has taken measures to clean house since then, its own independent investigation came across allegations of corrupt practices by several countries – in addition to Azerbaijan – which have not been fully looked into.
Meanwhile, national authorities in 12 European countries are yet to officially follow up on allegations of bribery and money laundering.
With delegates heading to Strasbourg on Monday for PACE’s autumn session, perhaps there is a chance for progress?
News from Transparency International
In September last year, a massive leak of bank records showed that the ruling elite of Azerbaijan ran a US$2.9 billion slush fund and an international money laundering scheme. Have there been consequences?
Are you between 18 and 35 years old and have ideas on new ways to fight corruption? Would you like to come to Berlin for International Anti-Corruption Day to meet and discuss with anti-corruption experts? Then tell us about your idea by submitting your video clip by 30 October 2018!
Transparency International and Transparency Maldives urge all politicians and civil servants involved in the transition to the newly elected government to ensure that there are no secret deals to allow those connected to corruption to escape accountability.
Exciting news! Hip-hop icon and activist yasiin bey (formerly known as Mos Def) will headline Fair Play: Live 2018, the international music event bringing together musicians from around the world to perform in support of social justice. Where? VEGA, Copenhagen, Denmark. When? 23 October 2018.
The world’s largest independent forum for fighting corruption will bring together more than 1500 participants from all over the world from 22 to 24 October in Copenhagen, Denmark – register now or get your press accreditation.
We’re proud to present the catalogue of Films for Transparency, a film festival focussing on anti-corruption that will take place from 20 to 25 October in Copenhagen, alongside the 18th IACC.
Source: Transparency International
At the heart of the scandal was the Council of Europe, an organisation dedicated to protecting human rights and upholding the rule of law in Europe.