Prosecutors allege ten defendants, including high-rolling Italian financiers and ex-Vatican employees, engaged in various financial crimes, such as embezzlement, fraud and corruption.
Ali Sherif al Emadi has been minister of finance in Qatar since 2013 and sits on the board of its powerful $300 billion sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority. He is also chairman of the board of directors of Qatar National Bank.
Navalny, who called a World War II veteran and other people featured in a pro-Kremlin video last year as “corrupt stooges” and “traitors, has rejected the slander charges and described them as part of official efforts to disparage him.
Pope Francis' ongoing efforts to clean up Vatican governance reaches a milestone with the first ever jail sentence issued by a Vatican state court in relation to financial crimes.
Ren Zhiqiang embezzled almost $7.4 million of public funds and accepted bribes worth $184,178, according to a court verdict. Rights campaigners accuse President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of using corruption charges to silence dissent.
Isabel dos Santos, nicknamed Africa's wealthiest woman, under investigation for alleged irregularities involving state companies, including the OPEC nation's giant state oil company Sonangol.
Nicolas Sarkozy faces preliminary charges of illegally funding his successful 2007 campaign, passive corruption and receiving money from Libyan embezzlement.
Lee, a conservative who governed from 2008 to 2013, is the latest South Korean leader to be entangled in scandals or other problems after leaving office.
Teodorin Obiang, eldest son of President Teodoro Obiang and a vice-president himself, denies charges of laundering embezzled public funds, for which he risks a sentence of 10 years in jail and huge fines if convicted.
A judge on Wednesday handed down a five-year suspended sentence to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, threatening his plan to run for president in 2018.
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