Former FIFA head Blatter quizzed by US, Swiss investigators

"I was never a person of interest or under scrutiny by the American justice. Never," the former FIFA president said on Friday.

Blatter's most recent contact "with lawyers from the United States Justice Department" was several months ago in Switzerland, he said, adding that FIFA legal representatives were also present.

"I have been investigated in two or three matters but it's no wrongdoing," Blatter said, giving rare detail about the American and Swiss federal investigations which rocked FIFA almost two years ago and later forced him from office.

South Korean court approves arrest of Samsung heir

The Seoul Central District Court's decision to issue a warrant to arrest Lee Jae-yong, 48, a vice chairman at Samsung Electronics and the only son of Samsung chair Lee Kun-hee, makes him the first leader in Samsung's history to be arrested on criminal charges.

The arrest of the princeling of the country's richest family will likely shock the business community and cheer the critics of chaebol, the South Korean family-controlled business conglomerates that dominate the economy.

T&T high on int'l business bribery list

The study, which was released this year by TRACE International, rated Trinidad and Tobago at a worrying 134 out of 199 countries, which puts the country with an overall risk score of 67 percent. 

Ex-NY Senate leader gets 5 years in prison for corruption

Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, were convicted last year of extortion, conspiracy and bribery in the latest of a spate of corruption cases that roiled Albany.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood gave the son 6 ½ years in prison, saying he deserved more time because of his thuggish behavior during the scheme to force big companies to give him consulting and other work.

IOC: 'No evidence' of bribery in bidding for '16, '20 Games

The IOC said it has applied to be a party to the investigation by French authorities into corruption in track and field that could spread to possible bribery in Olympic bidding.

The IOC said it was in "close contact" with French prosecutors, who have been investigating bribery and money-laundering involving doping cover-ups at the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday that the prosecutors have widened the probe to include the bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, which were awarded to Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

5 years later, FIFA still reeling from World Cup votes

Five years ago, a widely discredited FIFA executive committee chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and gave the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

It ended a wild bidding contest that lured royalty and heads of state to Zurich for the vote. Former president Bill Clinton and Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman were on the United States team, which lost out to Qatar.

The fallout was only just starting.

PNM: Accepting bribes for votes is illegal

Speaking at a media conference today, PNM PRO Faris Al-Rawi addressed the issue of electoral fraud.  He said these offences attract penalties of fines and imprisonment.

He said that while everyone engaged in acts of bribery and the acceptance of gifts meant to sway votes may not be caught, some will be caught.

Al-Rawi is calling on the Prime Minister to echo the need for upholding these laws for a free and fair election.

He said it’s concerning that the United National Congress has been silent on this issue.