Jul 9th, 2014
FROM Global Witness, contact: EMMA VICKERS, On the third anniversary of its independence, South Sudan looks like it is sliding into a dangerous cycle of oil-backed debt. The new budget, announced last week, signaled that another 3 billion SSP ($1 billion) would have to be borrowed from oil companies ...
Sep 7th, 2012
(AP) — Liberia has a new $672 million austerity budget that cut official travel expenses to channel more funds to infrastructure. The controversial budget also freezes salaries for civil servants. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed the budget late Wednesday, after it was passed by the legis...
In East Africa
Aug 7th, 2012
press release Global Witness welcomes the announcement of an oil deal reached by Sudan and South Sudan, while stressing the need for the final text to ensure transparent implementation. After more than two years of negotiations, Sudan and South Sudan have agreed on financial terms for the export of S...
Mar 10th, 2012
The playboy son of Colonel Gaddafi was yesterday ordered to hand over his £10m British mansion to the new Libyan government. Former professional footballer Saadi Gaddafi bought the neo-Georgian, eight bedroom home, complete with indoor swimming pool and private cinema, shortly before the start of the...
Dec 6th, 2011
Harare – The first auction of gems from a Zimbabwean diamond field where the military stands accused of carrying out abuses was under way on Tuesday, a month after an international ban on sourcing precious stones from the area was lifted. The diamonds were being offered for sale in Harare by An...
Dec 6th, 2011
Campaign group Global Witness has pulled out of the Kimberley Process, a scheme designed to prevent “blood diamonds” from entering the mainstream market, calling the scheme outdated and a failure, almost nine years after its launch. In a damning statement on Monday, Global Witness said th...
In Crime & Corruption
Mar 10th, 2011
The London lawyer for a Nigerian state governor has been sentenced to seven years in jail for charges including money laundering, local media reported. Bhadresh Gohil, who has represented Delta State Gov. James Onanefe Ibori, was found guilty in November for his role in a scheme to sell $37 million i...
In Equatorial Guinea
Mar 1st, 2011
The son of Equatorial Guinea’s dictator of 30 years commissioned plans to build a super yacht costing $380 million (£236 million), nearly three times what the country spends on health and education each year, a corruption watchdog said on Monday. President Teodoro Obiang took power in a bloody ...