Corruption probe is launched into Nicholas Sarkozy amid claims he took 40m from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaign

Nicholas Sarkozy in corruption probe amid claims he took 40MILLION from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaignFrench law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above 6,300Claims donations were laundered through banks in Panama and SwitzerlandSarkozy called Gaddafi 'Brother Leader' at controversial visit to Paris in 2007Former president may have accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks By Matt Blake and Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 11:10 GMT, 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 20 April 2013 Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy is to be formally investigated amid claims he accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks from Colonel Gaddafi during his 2007 election campaign, it was revealed today. An official at the public prosecutor’s office said an inquiry had been opened after allegations by French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, himself under investigation over arms sales to Pakistan in the 1990s. Mr Sarkozy, 58, faces a range of charges including bribery and corruption, forgery, misuse of corporate assets and influence peddling, according to a judicial source.

Thousands of officers forced to declare their second jobs in major shake-up to raise professional standards in the police

Thousands of officers forced to declare their second jobs and publish salaries in major shake-up to improve public trust in policeReform will affect more than 20,000 police officers who have second jobsIt is part of a new code of conduct to try to raise professional standards , compared with 19,329 in March 2011. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the integrity reforms were welcome but 'they don't go far enough'. She said: 'Our duty in this house is to make sure police officers get the support they need, and have a proper framework of accountability to keep standards high

Shocking 62% rise in police officers being investigated for corruption

Shocking 62% rise in police officers being investigated for corruption with eight out of ten accused of illegally disclosing information Anti-corruption units are facing a workload of 245 cases every month | UPDATED: 03:10 GMT, 23 December 2012 Record numbers of police officers are being investigated for corruption, a report into police integrity has found. Anti-corruption units across the country are wrestling with a workload of 245 cases every month – a rise of 62 per cent from the year before. Most of the investigations – eight out of ten – involve officers accused of illegally disclosing information to criminals and third parties

Ukrainian protests

Naked women protesting in freezing temperatures and brawling MPs: Ukraine's Parliament gets off to a feisty start Feminist group staged nude protest at opening of Ukrainian ParliamentAllegations of corruption in country where opposition leader is jailedMPs brawled before vote to endorse new Prime Minister took place | UPDATED: 22:30 GMT, 12 December 2012 The new session of the Ukrainian parliament got underway yesterday with a topless protest against corruption and brawling involving MPs on the floor of the chamber.

Michael Misick ex-president of Turks and Caicos arrested after leaving office with $180m fortune

Ex-president of Turks and Caicos arrested after fleeing Caribbean islands with $180m fortune Michael Misick detained in Rio de Janeiro by Brazilian Federal PoliceAccused of masterminding a massive corruption scheme Will be extradited back to Caribbean islands to go on trial | UPDATED: 13:43 GMT, 8 December 2012 In custody: Former prime minister of the Turks and Caicos islands Michael Misick has been arrested in Brazil after fleeing the country with an alleged fortune of $180million The former jet-setting premier of the Turks and Caicos islands has been arrested in Brazil on an international warrant. Michael Misick fled the British overseas territory in 2009 after a report exposed widespread corruption. The former prime minister is alleged to have amassed a personal fortune of $180m and lived a lavish lifestyle

Model wife of billionaire newspaper baron Alexander Lebedev fights to save her husband from Putin"s jail

Model wife of billionaire newspaper baron Alexander Lebedev fights to save her husband from Putin's jail | UPDATED: 22:04 GMT, 1 December 2012 Russian model and fashion icon Elena Perminova is a familiar fixture in the world of haute couture. But today, the striking Siberian-born 26-year-old wears a deep frown