AUSTRALIA: WHY A TOP CRIMINAL DEFENCE BARRISTER BECAME POLICE INFORMER

The Age on 3rd December carried an article about a defence barrister (who no longer practises law) who has represented a who’s who of Melbourne’s underworld, including major drug traffickers, murderers and Mafia figures.  She began providing information to police in mid-2003 and was a registered informer from 2005 to 2009, providing information about criminal associates and clients, some while she was simultaneously representing them in plea deals and court proceedings.  She received a $2.88 million compensation payment from Victoria Police in 2010.  The newspaper reproduces the letter she wrote to the Assistant Commissioner of Police in June 2015 seeking additional compensation, and in which she tells the story of how she became a registered police informer.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/in-her-own-words-why-a-top-criminal-barrister-became-informer-3838-20181203-p50jug.html

BOTSWANA: NPF LOOTING IS “THE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST WHITE-COLLAR CRIME”

Mmgei on 30th November reported that the National Petroleum Fund (NPF) had been “looted”.  After a long investigation by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), 6 men including a High Court judge, a former Cabinet minister and an MP are facing 65 criminal charges.  The fund that was designed to help cushion Botswana against the fuel hikes and inflation.  6 men: High Court judge, Zein Kebonang; his twin brother and former Cabinet minister and MP,  Sadique Kebonang; executive director of Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA), Kenneth Kerekang; asset manager, Bakang Seretse and his younger brother, Mogomotsi; and Kago Stimela are accused.  Also accused are 6 companies – Khulaco (Pty) Ltd, Basis Points Capital (Pty) Ltd, M & B Properties (Pty) Ltd, Raging Bull (Pty) Ltd, Leomog (Pty) Ltd, STM Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=78736&dir=2018/november/30