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Argentina’s former VP Boudou convicted of corruption

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BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s former vice president, Amado Boudou, was sentenced to nearly six years in prison on Tuesday after being found guilty of corruption while serving under former president Cristina Kirchner.
The charges related to Boudou’s attempt to buy a company that printed currency through a front business while serving as Kirchner’s economy minister.
A court found the 55-year-old guilty of “passive bribery” and conduct “incompatible” with his duties as a public servant, sentencing him to five years and 10 months in prison.
Boudou, who served in Kirchner’s cabinet from 2009 to 2015, has been banned for life from holding public office.
His lawyers are expected to appeal the conviction. Argentina has recently been rocked by another major corruption scandal involving top political and business figures and compared to neighboring Brazil’s sprawling Operation Car Wash probe.
Kirchner, who served as president from 2007 to 2015, has been summoned for questioning next week amidst allegations that tens of millions of dollars in bribes were funneled to the presidential residence, executive mansion, and offices.
Ever since she left office, her administration has been beset by various corruption allegations and convictions.
Boudou told the court that he never negotiated a 70 percent stake in Ciccone Calcografica eight years ago, saying the “alleged bribe has no basis or link to the evidence because it didn’t exist.”
Five other entrepreneurs were convicted alongside Boudou, including the company’s former owner Nicolas Ciccone, who was given a four-and-a-half-year jail term.
At the beginning of the year, Ciccone was granted a release from detention into house arrest as his partner, former Mexican politician Monica Garcia de la Fuente, was expecting twins.
Laura Alonso, head of the anti-corruption office, said this case showed the country had confronted official corruption in an “open and public trial” and that there is “justice in Argentina.”
The court found Boudou guilty of trying to lift a bankruptcy declaration against Ciccone in return for a 70 percent share in the business.
Amongst those also convicted were Argentina’s former representative to the World Bank, Guido Forcieri, who was given a two-and-a-half-year suspended sentence.
The more recent corruption case revolves around allegations that the planning ministry applied pressure to businessmen to contribute to the election campaigns of both Kirchner and her husband Nestor, whom she succeeded as president.
A businessman who has admitted paying such contributions, Juan Carlos de Goycoechea, surrendered to police on Friday and asked for protection under an “accused collaborator” program.
Prosecutors believe a total of $160 million could have been paid in bribes.
Since this case came to light last week, 16 ex-government officials and businessmen have been arrested in dozens of raids. They face charges of conspiracy in a bribery and kickback scheme.

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PTIs ‘ELECTABLE’ Doctor gives citizen a dose of Naya Pakistan on 14th Aug.!

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KARACHI: Additional GS of PTI – claimant of transforming Purana into Naya Pakistan – has issued a Show Cause Notice to Dr. Imran Ali Shah (MPA, PS-129) who has been videotaped slapping a citizen named Daud Chohan, an employee of CAA, in the North Nazimabad area here today. 

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The doctor has been asked to present his version in the next 24 hours failing which his case would be referred to the disciplinary committee for appropriate action.

Nominated governor of Sindh Imran Imran Ismail has called Daud Chohan and apologized on behalf of PTI. He said that Imran Khan has taken notice of the incident and no such incident will occur again. 

Cynics wonder is it the only occasion when the PTI’s Doctor has given a dose to a citizen? Or it is the first instance that he has been captured beating a citizen by a mobile user?

Moreover, citizens talking to NPTV have insinuated that was not the only electable PTI ‘lawmaker’ who is imbibed with this kind of mindset? 

Meanwhile, sources privy to NPTV has informed that the Doctor, who has shamelessly rejected the evident video saying he had only pushed the citizen, knocked on the door of Daud Chohan’s house (along with PTI’s Firdous Shamim Naqvi) begging forgiveness.

And Chohan has accepted his unconditional apology saying he would not lodge any complaint against him in the court of law!

Bewildered citizens ask:  i) What else could a common citizen have done? ii) Would the mighty PTI Doc had gone to the commoner’s home if his slapping ritual was not videotaped and gone viral?

Chohan has said that his daughter was hospitalized and he was going to see her with his family when the incident happened. 

DIG East has ordered an inquiry against the PTI’s Doctor and his guard.

In this video message, PTI’s Doctor claims that Chauhan had hit an (invisible) POOR MAN’S CAR [and he being a savior of the INVISIBLE POOR MAN (WHO WAS POOR ENOUGH TO DRIVE A CAR!) had to attack Chauhan along with his armed guards who later prevented Chauhan from following him!]

 

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Sweden: Masked vandals torch dozens of cars before elections!

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STOCKHOLM: Up to 80 cars were set on fire overnight across western Sweden by masked vandals, police said today, in what they suspect was a coordinated attack weeks before a general election.
Most of the cars were burned at around 20 locations in Sweden’s second largest city of Gothenburg late Monday.
Authorities said no suspects have been arrested so far and no motive has been established.
But police said they had identified several people in connection with the blazes, which they believe were organized on social media.
“We’ve never seen these many cars set on fire before,” Hans Lippens, a police spokesman in western Sweden, told AFP.
The incident triggered outrage among Swedish politicians who are busy campaigning for the September 9 general election.
“I’m furious. My question to (the perpetrators) is: what the hell are you doing?” Social Democratic Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told public broadcaster Swedish Radio on Tuesday.
“You’re ruining things for yourselves, your parents and your neighborhoods,” Lofven said, adding the incident “looked very coordinated, almost like a military operation”.
Cars set ablaze is common in Sweden. In Stockholm’s suburbs alone, such crimes happen almost on a daily basis, usually attributed to disadvantaged youths.
Last year, 1,457 cars were “deliberately” set on fire across Sweden, compared to 1,641 in 2016, according to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency’s figures.
“Sweden has tolerated this for too long. This must end now,” Ulf Kristersson, leader of the conservative opposition party, the Moderates, wrote on his Facebook account.
Last year in February, two days after US President Donald Trump’s baffling comments linking the crime to immigration in Sweden, riots broke out in the immigrant-heavy northern Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby.
Dozens of youths clashed with police after they arrested a suspected drug dealer in Rinkeby. The rioters threw stones at police, burned cars and looted shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NAB distributes Rs.10m among nine affectees

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Rawalpindi on Monday distributed a sum of Rs.10 million among nine affectees and government departments.
In the first phase, NAB Rawalpindi already refunded an amount of Rs.9.66 million among 42 affectees after verifying their claims while in second phase eight affectees have been returned an amount of Rs.1.88 million.
As per details, in case of inquiry against Tele Town (Pvt) Ltd, Islamabad, and others, the management collected Rs. 313 million illegally from the general public without obtaining permission from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to advertise the scheme and sold 2330 files/plots during 2004 – 2007.
The management of M/s Tele Town did not obtain NOC from CDA for detailed layout plan. In NAB, about 200 members with an amount of Rs. 30 million (approx) claimed for refund/plots. The management of the Society submitted an application for Plea Bargain (PB) against claims pending at NAB (R) and in this regard, PB of Rs. 30.02 million was accepted.
At a ceremony held here, Director General NAB Rawalpindi, Irfan Naeem Mangi handed over cheques to affectees and concerned government departments. Addressing the ceremony, he reiterated that the NAB would continue to pursue corrupt elements for cleaning the society.
NAB strongly believes in the Zero Tolerance Policy against corruption and hopes that the joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption and corrupt practices.
In case of inquiry against Government Functionaries and others regarding corruption/corrupt practices and misuse of authority reference against “State vs. Dr. C.M. Anwar & others, the accused Muzaffar Nishat, Ex-AD PARC was deliberately avoiding appearing before the court and absconded, therefore, was declared as Proclaimed Offender.
The Red Notice bearing Control No. A-1684/8-2007 was issued against subject accused. Consequent upon a report by NCB-Interpol the accused Muzaffar Nishat S/o Nishat Ahmad Khan was arrested on his arrival at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad.
The accused, being a member of the purchase committee violated rules by recommending advance payments to dealers. The advance payments were made without any guarantee which was approved by
the then Chairman PARC (accused C.M. Anwar Khan).
Subsequently, the purchase of vehicles was made and about Rs. 9.7 million have been misappropriated in shape of exorbitant rates and fraudulent transfer from PARC’s account to Alpha Motors & Wings Motors.
The accused misused his authority, corruption, and corrupt practices by causing loss to the National Exchequer on account of purchasing vehicles at exorbitant rates and advance payments to the fake firm.
NAB Rawalpindi recovered Rs. 8.1 million and handed over to Dr. Yousaf Zafar Chairman PARC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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