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Chinese drone maker DJI uncovers corruption, sees $150 million loss

FILE PHOTO: A DJI Inspire drone hovers during a drone training session for Somali police in Mogadishu, Somalia May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar/File Photo SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd, the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, has discovered several cases of serious corruption at the company and expects 2018 losses of more than 1 billion yuan ($150 million) as a result, it said on Friday. The company said it was investigating the cases, which came to light during routine quality control in 2018, and that it…

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France investigates Japan’s Olympics chief on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation in France for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. French financial prosecutors investigating a multi-million dollar payment made by Japan’s bidding committee to a Singaporean consultancy questioned Takeda in Paris and he was placed under formal investigation on Dec. 10, the source told Reuters. In Tokyo, Takeda said no improper actions such as bribery had taken place in connection with Tokyo’s bid,…

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Head of Japan’s Olympic Committee under investigation in France on suspicion of corruption

PARIS (Reuters) – The president of Japan’s Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, is under formal investigation by French prosecutors for suspected corruption related to Japan’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, a French judicial source said on Friday. FILE PHOTO : Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Japanese Olympic committee, attends a news conference during the 127th International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Monaco December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/File Photo The source said Takeda, a retired equestrian sportsman, was indicted last month by the national financial prosecutor’s office in Paris.…

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Chief at Alibaba video site Youku steps down amid corruption probe

BEIJING (Reuters) – The president of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s video streaming service, Youku, has stepped down and is believed to be talking to Chinese authorities as part of a potential corruption case, the company said on Tuesday. The abrupt departure comes amid a wider reshuffle of Alibaba executives as the company shores up its leadership following the announcement by chairman Jack Ma that he will retire next year. Yang Weidong, who has been at Youku for roughly five years, joined the firm before it was fully acquired by Alibaba…

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Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng match-fixing: Chinese pair banned in snooker corruption scandal

China’s Yu Delu has been banned from snooker for 10 years and nine months after a major match-fixing inquiry. His compatriot Cao Yupeng also pleaded guilty to fixing, and was banned for six years although three-and-a-half years of his sentence are suspended. Suspicious betting patterns in numerous matches were investigated over two years in one of the sport’s biggest corruption scandals. They are the first Chinese snooker players to be banned for cheating. Yu, who manipulated the outcome of five matches over a two-and-a-half year period, will serve the longest…

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FIFA ethics committee member suspended over corruption investigation

FILE PHOTO: The FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann ZURICH (Reuters) – A member of FIFA’s ethics committee has been suspended after being placed under investigation by an anti-corruption unit in his native Malaysia, the global soccer body said on Wednesday. FIFA said in a statement that the investigation had been launched by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against Sundra Rajoo. It said that “Mr Rajoo will not be involved in any further activities” while the investigation was being carried out. It did not give further details…

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Letter from Africa: Kenya unveils biblical strategy to tackle corruption

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kenyans have been praying for the country to overcome its many challenges In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan Joseph Warungu looks at the new strategy by the country’s anti-corruption body to use the Bible to deter theft of public funds. You know you are in deep trouble when nothing else can save you except prayer. That’s where Kenya is at the moment. The country is sinking into deep debt, much of it the result of widespread mismanagement of public funds. Corruption is…

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Sanath Jayasuriya: Ex-Sri Lanka captain faces corruption charges

Sanath Jayasuriya was the player of the tournament when Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996 Ex-Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged by the International Cricket Council with two breaches of its anti-corruption code. The 49-year-old former all-rounder is accused of failing to co-operate with an investigation by the governing body. He is also charged with obstructing the investigation by “concealing, tampering with or destroying evidence”. Jayasuriya, a former chair of the Sri Lanka selectors’ committee, is regarded as one of the greatest one-day players. He has…

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Jamie Jones: Welshman suspended in corruption inquiry

Snooker player Jamie Jones has been suspended over allegations he was involved in match-fixing. The 30-year-old is accused of being part of a plan to fix the outcome of a match between fellow Welshman David John and Graeme Dott in 2016. Former professional John was suspended in May. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said world number 39 Jones has a case to answer and will now face a formal hearing. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing against Dott or that matches involving 2012 World Championship quarter-finalist Jones…

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England Test captain Joe Root says corruption claims ‘outrageous’

Both Joe Root (left) and Trevor Bayliss said the claims were “outrageous”. Claims England players were involved in spot-fixing are “outrageous”, says Test captain Joe Root. The allegations are made in a new documentary by broadcaster Al Jazeera, released on Sunday. In the programme, an alleged criminal match-fixer says three England players spot-fixed part of a Test match against India. The England and Wales Cricket Board has spoken to the England players, who “emphatically deny the allegations”. “It’s outrageous that England players have been accused of this,” Root said. Similar…

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