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DJP leader implicated in Nishimatsu investigation
Tokyo prosecutors investigating alleged slush funds set up by contractor Nishimatsu say the money may have been used for illegal political donations.
Fines and jail time in rail link waste dumping case
Impregilo's CEO could face five years in jail as consortium is fined € 150 million.
Police investigate Czech corruption
Czech Republic police are investigating alleged corruption in the awarding of 30 contracts by the country's Defence Ministry, according to the Czech News Agency (CTK).
Sibir investigates Tchigirinski property
Sibir has appointed solicitors and accountants to investigate the actual and proposed real estate dealings of Chalva Tchigirinski, a former company director and shareholder in Sibir who took an ‘advance’ from the company of US$ 325 million (€ 256 million) for the purchase of properties in his real estate portfolio.
Three held in Dubai corruption probe
Three senior staff at Dubai developer Nakheel's Waterfront project have been detained for questioning as part of a year-long fraud investigation.
Consultant arrested in tax evasion probe
Tokyo prosecutors have arrested 12 people in a case of alleged tax evasion on kickbacks received from contractors.
Construction companies most likely to pay bribes
Transparency International's latest Bribe Payers Index (BPI) shows construction companies are among the most likely to pay bribes when dealing with the public sector.
World Bank bans seven companies for price fixing
The World Bank has banned seven companies and one individual from future work following price fixing on a Bank-funded road project in the Philippines.
Ethiopia to sign up to CoST
Ethiopia is finalizing preparations to sign up to the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) ahead of a two-year pilot phase.
UK HSE to prosecute scaffolding lapses
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK will prosecute three companies and one individual for alleged violations of health and safety law.
Employee injuries will hurt bosses too
A new UK law could see construction managers jailed from January if one of their employees is hurt at work warns UK health and safety training company, Pivotal Performance.
Tighter lifting laws will get more powered access into Switzerland
From January 1 2009 Switzerland is tightening up the law which allows personnel to work at height by being lifted in a basket by a forklift truck. The practice can still continue but the circumstances in which it will be allowed have been greatly restricted.
Trapletti and new law will help promote UpRight in Switzerland
Rico Trapletti has joined Schuler & Schloemmer, UpRight's distributor in Switzerland, which is expanding its operations in response to major changes to the aerial lift market. Previously, Swiss law allowed working at heights over 3.5m to be carried out using baskets on fork lift trucks. All of this type of work must now be carried out using access equipment.
Beijing official given suspended death sentence
A former Beijing vice-mayor in charge of overseeing construction projects for the Beijing 2008 Olympics has been given a death sentence, suspended for two years, for corruption, according to on-line news agency China Daily.
Ecuadorean HEP dispute resolved
Brazil's Odebrecht announced this week that it will accept terms set by Ecuador's government to resolve a dispute over construction of the 230 MW San Francisco hydroelectric plant (HEP).
Blimbing Sari Airport corruption probe
Indonesia's Attorney General's Office (AGO) has named a number of former administration officials as suspects in an alleged corruption scam that cost the government IDR 40 billion (US$ 4.27 million).
Vietnam officials face bribery charges
The trial of 12 people, including 10 state officials resumed in Vietnam this week following its adjournment in January, after the judge presiding over the case was suddenly taken ill, reports local news agency Thanhnien News.
Concrete truck drivers halt NYC construction
Hundreds of construction sites in New York City, US ground to a halt on Tuesday as over 400 concrete mixer truck drivers mounted a surprise strike over pay and working conditions, according to local media reports.
Contractor charged in ‘Big Dig’ fraud
The US Attorney's Office in Massachusetts has filed 49 federal charges against Modern Continental Corporation (MCC) in connection with its work on the Central Artery/Tunnel (CA/T) project - the 'Big Dig' - in Boston.
Bond calls - still as good as cash?
Two judgements have modified the view that On Demand Bonds are as good as cash in hand. Julian Brooksbank and Philip Norman of Pinsent Masons look at situations where breaches of contract have overridden Bond calls.
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