(February 25, 2004) One of the world’s leading electrical companies, Schneider Electric, was fined R10 million in the Lesotho High Court today after admitting to bribery.
Sponsorship scandal is like cancer on Liberal party: Mills
(February 18, 2004) Liberal MP Dennis Mills says the sponsorship scandal is like a cancer eating away at the party – and the public trust.
Editorial: Welcome moves for whistle-blowers
(February 18, 2004) Astonishingly, Canada has no such "whistle-blower" law to shield people from reprisals, unlike the United States, Great Britain and Australia. The government is planning to introduce a draft bill by late March.
House to debate ‘culture of corruption’
(February 17, 2004) Describing the Liberals as "corrupt" has caused several days of hand-wringing and backroom debate among senators in the Upper Chamber, but the term will be front and centre for a full day of debate today in the House of Commons.
Canadian finance scandal taints upcoming election
(February 17, 2004) Canadian officials at international summits are fond of lecturing their counterparts from poorer countries on the debilitating effects of corruption. Now opposition politicians say Canada has produced a corruption scandal to call its own.
Sponsorship report leaves reader feeling numb
(February 12, 2004) If the stale Liberal party can emerge from this mess with a fresh majority mandate this spring, Canada is indeed a nation with too many cheques and not enough balances.
Schneider Electric to stand trial in bribery case
(December 13, 2003) A Lesotho High Court judge in his ruling this week, accused Schneider of spinning in France "an intricate web of corporate manipulation with its yarn reaching over to the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Spie Batignolles next in line for Lesotho prosecution
(November 25, 2003) The prosecution of multinational companies on charges of corruption relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is quietly continuing.
Leading company implicated in Lesotho bribery case
(November 11, 2003) French-based Schneider calls itself one of the world’s leading manufacturers of equipment for electrical distribution, industrial control and automation. It boasts operations in 130 countries.
High crimes in Lesotho: transnational criminals (Part 3)
(November 1, 2003) In principle, First World development banks and export credit agencies could curb corrupt behaviour by transnational companies in developing countries but apparently don’t want to offend their First World constituents by doing so.
Another watershed for Acres
(September 15, 2003) Updating the Lesotho Highlands water project bribery scandal.
Prosecuting bribery in Lesotho
(September 5, 2003) "Lesotho is committed to completing these prosecutions, primarily in order to eradicate corruption in Lesotho. But also to set an example for other countries." – L. F. Maema, KC, the Attorney General of Lesotho.
Lesotho gets serious about corruption
(September 4, 2003) The Lesotho government has taken another step to show the world that it will continue to fight corruption after the bribery scandal involving millions of rand over the construction of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
Second multinational convicted of corruption in Lesotho
(August 29, 2003) German engineering contractors Lahmeyer International were fined more than $1 million (R10,6-m maloti) in the Lesotho High Court on Tuesday for bribery.
New policy to restore investor confidence in Lesotho
(August 27, 2003) "Once the international companies and the international community as a whole realize that there’s zero tolerance on corruption, then it clearly means that there’d be more investors coming to Lesotho." – Fine Maema, Lesotho’s Attorney General.